The contemporary work community idea of “ownership” is shifting to classical stewardship.
In a stewardship, the focus is on viewing membership in the community, the work, the workers, and the community itself almost as a “sacred office,” one held temporarily and about which the leader—and followers— owe deference.
Stewardship is an idea suggesting that leadership is most successfully demonstrated by collectively sharing power with others in the workplace which becomes one, united, true community.
In a stewardship, every steward has the same rights and is subject to identical limitations in the exercise of self-direction. This sharing of power preserves harmony and good will.
Leaders in a stewardship lose the hierarchal distinction and privileges of being “in charge.”
A stewardship community lets members make free choices about whom to partner with, what products or services to produce, whom to buy from (internal or external suppliers), how to spend discretionary funds and time, and how to best serve their customers.
Stewardship ideas incorporate principles such as ethics, vision, shared decision making, ownership, values, standards, policies, freedom of choice, production in proportion to what is given, decentralization, and accountability.
Stewardship is based on common assumptions and practices that inner leaders set initially and then translate into a framework of task competencies and skill sets necessary to accomplish overall corporate goals.
Stewardship techniques include efforts by inner leaders to inform, train, and commit followers in work tasks, as well as in their stewardship roles.
Awards, bonuses, and other rewards recognize proficiency in and commitment to stewardship competencies and skills.
Do I structure the office to control what is happening or to allow what needs to happen to happen?
Do I include the chance for others to lead the work community as I structure work?
Do the hierarchies I create focus on maintaining and keeping power or broadly sharing and distributing power?
Do coworkers share a stewardship perspective and work within stewardship structures?