The Bible tells a story of a young man named Joseph who chose to be a blessing to his boss in ways that are not as common anymore today. Genesis 39:5 tells us, “From that moment on, God blessed the home of the Egyptian – all because of Joseph. The blessing of God spread over everything he owned, at home and in the fields.”
When we choose to be a blessing to our employers and superiors, they’re not the only ones who benefit. A boss who is encouraged, motivated and blessed brings blessing to the whole company or office, and the same is true for the exact opposite. When a boss is demotivated, the whole company or office will probably feel the weight of it as well.
Being a blessing to your superior is also something that God has instructed us to do in Hebrews 13:17, which says “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” Although this scripture was in the context of spiritual leaders, there’s no reason to believe that it cannot apply to corporate leaders as well.
How can you bless your boss? Here are a few examples of ways you can be a blessing to your leaders.
1. Trust your boss
It’s common for employees to question the decision of the boss or unwillingly follow with grudging. The best way to battle this mindset is to always trust your boss, knowing that they are doing their best to do what they believe is right for the company. “What if my boss is corrupt and self-centred?” you might ask. That’s when you should trust your bigger Boss and know He put you there for a reason.
2. Encourage your boss
Leaders easily get demotivated and tired because of all the weight they carry. A manager or supervisor will often be burdened by making decisions that can spell ruin or glory for the company. Our leaders need our encouragement from anything as simple as a pat on the back or a few words of praise about what they are doing well.
3. Give honor when due
In front of his family and friends or in front of your co-workers, it’s good to honour your boss in front of others. The easy thing to do is hide in a corner and talk about all the stupid things you think your boss does, but it’s amazing what honouring a trustworthy boss can do not just to him or her but to the company and for you.
4. Be honest
Honesty is scarce from followers nowadays. Business News Daily shares that employees can often lie to their bosses about ideas, other job opportunities and feelings towards management. Being honest to your boss, even if it may mean ruin for them or you (when truth is that it shouldn’t mean that), can be very helpful and most of the time it will be much appreciated.
5. Thank your boss
There is power behind the two simple words, “thank you.” It doesn’t cost us anything, and it shows appreciation for what our leaders have done for us, which if you really think about it is much more than what you believe. Our bosses deserve our gratitude and should receive it every so often.
6. Pray for your boss
Often times we neglect this important part of life and leave prayer for work out of the prayer request to God. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available. Lot of things can can settled on the knees. Paul Apostle admonished us to pray for those in authority, those who have a rule over us. Do you pray for your boss?
Excerpt from sundayadelaja’s blog