Everybody's Replaceable – Really?
You hear this phrase a lot in leadership circles, “everybody’s replaceable”.
I think we throw it out there to keep us humble, to remind ourselves that the world doesn’t revolve around us and that things could go on without us.
And for those reasons there is merit to that statement, but I think the problem is that we carry this over into how we treat our employees. We expect them to do their job, to be happy about it and to know that we think they are great. I find myself often forgetting to verbalize directly to my team how valuable they are and what their contribution means to the organization. Somehow I expect that they just know.
But I wonder how deep rooted my ideas of “everybody’s replaceable” are? I don’t think I really believe it. Every individual is unique. In addition to the skill set that they bring to the role, they also bring their personality and God-given gifts that are uniquely their own and ARE NOT REPLACEABLE.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you should never let an employee go. There are plenty of cases where they are either not meeting the job expectations or are not fitting well with the overall team, which warrants termination. I would just caution those of us who lead others to be careful to not treat everyone as if they are replaceable. As managers I believe we have a responsibility to love and appreciate our team members which in turn brings out their best. We have the great privilege of drawing out their giftedness and uniqueness and in that case…
Everybody is NOT replaceable.
A note to the Cross Point Team:
Thank you for being uniquely you. Thank you for pouring your heart into your role each and every day. Thank you for loving people and loving God even more. Thank you for relentlessly pursuing God’s best for you and for Cross Point.
For the many times that I haven’t said it…
I appreciate you so much! I admire your giftedness and passion. I’m honored to serve with you.
I love you guys!