Philosophy of Management
by Grant Anderson, Associate Superintendent & Chief Financial Officer
It is my goal to create a positive and effective work environment where all employees in the organization enjoy coming to work. My personal experience interacting with people in a business and finance environment over the past 20 plus years has influenced my management style tremendously. I have seen employees discouraged and become ineffective by a boss who feels empowered by suppressing subordinates and I have seen others encouraged by a boss who acknowledged their well-deserved value. Seeing the effects of both situations, as a leader I have opted to manage with the latter. It is my promise to those within the organization who I have the honor of influencing that every day they will be valued, respected, honored, and encouraged.
Perspective ~ It is easier to manage effectively when a leader views each individual person opening the work door every morning as an important member of someone else’s family. An employee does not lose their home or family identity as a mom, a dad, a husband, a wife, a son, or a daughter by simply walking through the work door. With that in mind, it is my utmost personal goal to have those in the organization return home from work with a feeling of value and not with work scars which I caused. Behind the home door is where a mom needs to be a mom, a dad needs to be a dad; a family needs to be a family. How devastating for a family to have dad or mom walk through the home door with head held low and heart full of burden, a feeling of inferiority, or mentally paralyzed because of avoidable bad management or misplaced values on the part of a leader.
Besides each team member knowing they are valued I believe every person who walks through the work door must believe they own their work. This not only sustains their well-deserved self-worth at work, but also helps manage the organization in the most efficient and effective manner. An employee's productivity increases greatly when they have a sense of ownership in their work. They receive ownership when a leader:
- allows each person to make decisions about their job,
- relies on each individual for expertise about their area of responsibility,
- includes each person in discussions which influence their jobs,
- assures confidence when employees are providing consultation to others
- supports the employee in their professional growth
- acknowledges the quality of their work
I believe servant leadership is the ability to lead with vision while supporting and serving those on my team. I support those around me by building capacity in the individual team member, acknowledging their immense value, and allowing them to have a sense of real ownership in their work. The result is a productive and effective team.