Lessons about stewardship

stewardshipI have to confess that stewardship is not my favorite leadership competencies to write about. I’m much more comfortable with areas like effective communication, talent development, and self-awareness. So this month has been good for me. Here are a few things I learned about stewardship:

  • Stewardship is about using our resources to support our core goals. Activities that take up time, energy, and money without furthering those goals should be reconsidered.
  • Colleges and Universities within the Minnesota State system have strong ties to place. Supporting local engagement and considering how our goals support our communities is a form of stewardship. When planning service learning, the benefits to community may be more important long-term than focusing only on the benefits for students.
  • Being effective stewards means learning how to use data more effectively.
  • Proactive stewardship that fosters long-term sustainability requires asking the hard questions.
  • And, of course, stewardship is about communication – with donors, with community members, with students, and with our colleagues.

If you’ve been on the journey with us this month, what are the highlights or new ideas that stood out for you?

Dee Anne Bonebright


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