Faith, Business, & Leadership
For the 4th time in our very short lived century, the city of Montreal plans to dump billions (8 to be precise) of litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. The city assures everyone that the impact to the river and municipalities downstream will be completely negligible and that there’s no cause for concern. Considering the city is, at the very same time, putting up signs forbidding any use of the river (fishing, swimming, boating, etc.) seriously calls into doubt how sincere the negligibility of the dump actually is.
I've been working in the marketing industry for about 10 years. Coincidentally, I've also been a member of the Church for 10 years. As someone who did not come from a Christian upbringing or background, I've also felt the burden of trying to find ways to invite people into experiencing the good things that I've come to know as a Christian (I.E. the love of God). As I’ve learned and grown in maturity in both of those aspects of my life, I’ve become more and more aware of how much my understanding of marketing and communication informs my passion for evangelization and vice versa.
Social drinking is extremely common in society, but for some Christians, the invitation to go for a drink can be uncomfortable. Many Christians believe that drinking alcohol is a sin and should be avoided entirely. Others believe that it is a matter of exercising moderation as with other things like food and entertainment. If you find yourself awkwardly positioned because a colleague, client, or even your pastor invites you to go for a drink, how should you respond?
As a person of faith, I rely a lot on the hand of providence to bring meaning to my life. All the platitudes about how everything happens for a reason come to mind. It’s more than a superficial adage though. If you believe there is a good and benevolent spirit who created all that there is and has taken a specific interest in your life’s outcome as demonstrated by the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, then you start to look at the world and the experiences of your life in a different way. When I come up against challenges, trials, and even suffering, I tend to interpret those events through the framework of faith in such a God. If things are happening that I wouldn’t have asked for, maybe there’s something more important going on than the limited scope that my perspective can offer.
As leaders in business and disciples of Jesus, the fact that people will measure the authenticity of our faith by the exchanges they have with us should not be lost on us. So it begs the question, what are the fundamental attributes or characteristics that every Christian leader should possess or aim to possess in order to provide the best possible witness to those we have the opportunity to influence? This list isn’t exhaustive, but it provides a strong foundation for the kind of character that leaders should be aiming at.