National Boss’ Day – A Reflection

National Boss’ Day Reflection

Written by JoAnn Flett | Executive Director Center for Faithful Business

When was the last time you complimented your boss for their leadership? In a recent conversation with a couple of female leaders, one of them talked about creating the space to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of her staff. She has been in her role for four years. However, she smiled, when I asked “So, when was the last time one of your direct reports said to you as the CEO that you’re doing a great job, or that they appreciated the way you handled a particular situation?” She paused and could not easily bring that moment to mind.  Then it occurred to me that bosses, like all people, need words of encouragement and appreciation. Indeed, such words of affirmation and encouragement could help them live into their God given attributes that facilitate strong teams, thus helping organizations to succeed.

Since today, October 16, is National Boss’ Day, please take a moment to say thank you to your boss for the way(s) they are stewarding their responsibility to lead. Or, for something you appreciate about their leadership.

And in that spirit, please allow me to say thank you to my boss, Dr. Ross Stewart. Thank you, Ross, for the ways in which you promote harmony and joyfulness in the School of Business Government and Economics (SBGE). One faculty member who has worked with Ross for 32 years shared this “Ross leads with his heart and engages us with his laugh.  He’s the ultimate supporter, facilitator, and encourager.  Ross is more than a colleague and boss; he’s a friend.”  Those words echo many of our colleagues around SBGE about Ross’ leadership.

Thank you, Ross for being a caring boss! Happy National Boss’ Day.


Center for Faithful Business

Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett, Executive Director


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