When hiring, there are certain things that I look for in a potential teammate. You have probably heard of the “three C’s of hiring” - character, chemistry, and competency. To be perfectly honest, competency is last on the list. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that competency doesn’t matter. It does. But if a person is great at his or her job but has no chemistry with the team or has character issues, then it is a bad hire.
What does it take to be an MVP employee? How can you bring value to your job and your company or church? How can you make yourself indispensable to your boss?
Attitude Advances or Impedes Culture
Your attitude is everything. That may be a bit hyperbolic, but it is not far off. Employees that bring the right attitude are extremely valuable and add to the culture of a church or business. We all have bad days, but your attitude is a choice. It is a window into your heart. The more you choose the right attitude, no matter the circumstances, the easier it is to keep a good attitude.
Choosing the right attitude is a biblical command. “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Ephesians 6:7 NLT) Your attitude will either advance the culture with your enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to the vision, or it will poison the culture. Even the greatest work environment will become toxic if a contagious, bad attitude is allowed to prevail.
Own, Don’t Rent
Employees that take ownership create remarkable value. Think about the difference between an owner and a renter. An owner takes responsibility. A renter passes problems to someone else. An owner is invested in the long-term outcome. A renter is there for just a short time until greener grass tantalizingly waves its blades. (Sometimes the grass is greener because it is better, but sometimes it is greener because it is covering a pile of manure.) Owners take charge and own their accountability. Renters always search for their “rights” and keep score so they don’t do any more than the next guy.
I’ll Take People Skills For $1000, Alex
It would be an extremely rare job where people skills were not important. The ability to work with people, build a team, and not get offended easily is incredibly important. The lack of this skill is one of the most common causes for workplace drama and dissatisfaction.
Having a growth mindset is critical. Committing to the growth of the church or the business is important, but that is not necessarily what I am talking about. John Maxwell talks about the “law of the lid.” In other words, you can’t lead people any further than you have been. When you stop growing in leadership, you (and your church or business) start dying.
For a follower of Christ, a growth mindset should develop as our faith in Christ grows. You should never think you are limited, have a ceiling, or have stopped growing because God is at work in you and Jesus is sufficient in everything. You can grow. You can get better. You can improve. You can increase. Don’t adopt a poverty mentality - the limiting thinking that says there is never enough and things will always be scarce. Instead, have an abundance mentality. Since God owns everything, and he is your heavenly father, there are more than enough resources. God has given us everything we need. We simply need to ask him and pursue what he has already created.
Less Time, More Energy
What your church or business needs is not more of your time but more of your energy. Are you an employee that simply fills the time between clocking in and clocking out? While it is true that many employees don’t have much control over the hours they work, all of us have control over the energy we bring.
I believe less is more. If you have control over your work schedule, then you can get more done in less time when you bring focus, passion, and energy. Obviously, we must put time into our work. I have yet to discover a way to bring super energy to a one-hour-work-week. But you get my point. Energy starts with your mindset. See your work as serving Jesus. Get the right amount of rest. Eat right. Take care of your health. Learn the mission of your organization and commit to it.
Adopting these skills and beliefs will set you up to become an MVP Employee. Of course, this requires that we lay aside our pride and commit to servant leadership, like Jesus. But as you grow in these attitudes you will find yourself with more opportunities for advancement and will become indispensable and irreplaceable at your work.