The Gardner’s Job

One of the Habitudes in our series is called, “The Gardener’s Job.”

It simply reminds leaders that in the same way a gardener understands her primary job is to cultivate the soil and grow the plants in her garden, leaders must see their primary job as growing the people under their care. It isn’t just about doing a program or distributing a product, but developing a person.

Gardeners know that growing plants involves soil, rain, sunshine, fertilizer, and pulling the weeds around those plants. How are you doing with these activities as a leader:

Soil – How is the culture and environment of your workplace or campus? Is it healthy?
Rain – Do you allow for rainstorms to strengthen your team?
Sunshine – Do you provide encouragement and motivation for them?
Fertilizer – Do you equip and feed your team members to do their work?
Pulling weeds – Do you remove toxic elements (people or events) that would harm them?

Your top job is growing people.

This June, we are committing two days to this theme. Our National Leadership Forum’s theme: “Develop—Cultivating Growth, Engagement and Success in Students.”  We aren’t just hosting an event. We are inciting a conversation that is long overdue. It will be extremely interactive. We will load up participants with ideas from the best schools, organizations and churches in America.

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The Gardner's Job