The Joys of Leadership

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In what ways can you inject joy into the workplace as a leader?

Contrary to our current economic climate and the general mood of many workplaces, fun is not a four letter word. Professionalism does not have to equate to pessimism and corporate does not have to breed cranky. However, in many cases, we have allowed the anxiety and pressures of the workplace to cloud our everyday culture. We allow a birthday cake or bouquet of flowers to enter the office in recognition of appropriate occasions, but as a rule, straight and steady rule the day.

We’re not against fun. As a matter of fact we like having fun. It’s fun. So, when was the decision made to stop fun at the office door like a metal detector looking for dangerous weapons? Or, was it a conscious decision at all? Have we simply allowed the weeds of anxiety and high pressure of expectation to force fun out of our atmosphere?

Work is serious and God is serious, but so are the joys of passionately pursuing His calling and making a difference. Jesus was not sterile. He exhibited a range of emotions including thankfulness, passion and rejoicing in his Father. Paul implored the Philippians to do the same. Rejoice in the Lord always. Be kind and gentle to everyone. Do not be anxious about anything. Be thankful and let the peace of God guard your hearts and minds.

Take a moment to examine your work environment. How have you, or those around you, accepted a culture of oppression that leaves no room for rejoicing, thankfulness and simple fun? In what way can you inject joy as a leader?

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4: 4-7).


Written by Courtney Cash

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