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From My Pad to Yours is about leadership and other topics, and is written by Art Dykstra, the CEO of Trinity Services, Inc.

Stewardship

by Art Dykstra | Sep 13, 2017

Another characteristic of Servant Leadership is stewardship, defined as “holding something in trust for another person.” There are many levels of trust and stewardship at Trinity–from the corporate Board of Directors to the individual employee. 

Stewardship means that we are aware of our resources and assets and how we use them. It certainly includes our financial resources whether it be third party payments, grants or charitable giving. Also included is the husbandry of such resources as our buildings, vehicles, equipment, office supplies and furniture. It also extends to how we maintain our group homes and day programs. Responsible stewardship manifests itself when we speak up because we need new chairs or necessary repairs. It includes little things like taking in the hose and garden tools before winter and making sure that windows are closed when the air conditioner is on. 

We take good care of what we have because we are accountable. We have many levels of accountability at Trinity, including the people we serve and their families. Trinity’s Board of Directors, our supervisors, friends and donors, accrediting and regulatory bodies, etc. First of all, however, we have to be accountable to our collective sense of purpose and corporate values.

Stewardship operates best when we behave as owners but recognize the fact that we aren’t. It occurs when we are found faithful. Stewardship means that our practices are cost effective and that we use good judgment in purchasing goods and services. We are not wasteful. Stewardship also means that we take care of such things as our reputation as an organization. In addition, it refers to how we spend our time and pursue our opportunities. Stewardship doesn’t just occur automatically, it involves people acting responsibly and consciously.

Good stewardship generates trust, a quality that is a very important aspect of any relationship. Within an organization trust is as important as love is in a marriage. We work most effectively when we feel that we are trusted and when we can trust those around us. At Trinity, we believe in trusting each other until shown otherwise. We also believe in fostering a workplace where it is okay to ask questions. It is through questioning the whys of an existing system that leads us to make suggestions for improving it.

NOTE: This is Part 7 of a 10-part series on Trinity's Core Values.
To read Part 1 on Servant Leadership, click here.
To read Part 2 on Serving and Supporting, click here.
​To read Part 3 on Honest and Open Communication, click here.
To read Part 4 on Discretionary Effort, click here.
To read Part 5 on Thinking Ahead and Following Through, click here.
To read Part 6 on Collaboration, click here.

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