Role of the Industrial Chaplain
The Industrial Chaplain serves a pivotal role in today’s demanding business climate. This individual ensures that the senior executive leadership maintain the company’s vision, mission, goals and values, ethical considerations, compliances to quality, social and environmental concerns and keeps these promises to all stakeholders.
Benefits of having an Industrial Chaplain
- An Industrial Chaplain can be a checks and balances of the vision of the company, leadership development, quality standards, and business ethics
- Finding new ways of managing and encouraging change and leadership development
- Getting the vision firmly entrenched within the organization
- Encouraging development of ideas and new opportunities, new product or market development
- By developing a friendlier environment and better attitude and spirit in business, thereby discouraging corporate theft
- Making part of the CEO’s visionary and leadership work less, freeing up his time for some day-to-day operations, crisis management, and new business development or mergers & acquisitions work (although, as a leader, the CEO should spend most of his time leading, not managing)
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About The Industrial Chaplain
The Industrial Chaplain is attached to the organization to perform leadership, quality and ethical services for the organization on behalf of and for the CEO and the board. Its function might extend to a nurturing, mothering, spiritual, emotional guidance, helping employees cope, etc.
the function that we explain here is more a function of assisting with the ethical, spiritual, leadership development, and quality attainment within the organization than performing nursery functions. It is also more to do with encouraging, motivating and convicting the organization of the vision that the CEO has set for the organization and the leadership process.
The person will also aid the development of a better work environment, stimulate ideas and personal and professional growth. Although, the person does not need to hold a degree in theology or divinity, the person should be a principle, value or character based leader. In certain organizations, the person might not be the person responsible for creating the mission statement, core values, beliefs, commitments, vision etc. of the organization; but nevertheless, he or she should evaluate and ensure that these are true and kept everywhere within the organization.
Requirements of the Industrial Chaplain
In order to qualify for the office of Industrial Chaplain, the individual must have fulfilled certain requirements, such as:
- Hold or be given senior rank or authority of reporting and investigating by the CEO and the board
- Being of sound mind and of sterling character and reputation above reproach
- Likeable personality with great understanding of business, industry knowledge, attuned to and superior knowledge of quality standards and leadership development
- Previous consulting experience would be helpful
- Superior communication, analytical, investigative, discerning and interpersonal skills
Duties of the Industrial Chaplainn
In order for the industrial chaplain to function at his/her best the following charges and responsibilities must be delegated:
- Full authority from the CEO and the Board to assess and report on the company’s leadership, quality and ethical situations
- Do a complete knowledge capture of all business process, management attitude, how vision is transmitted to all employees, assess how customers and the business and socio-political community view the company. The person will catalogue each process, determining if each employee can give a 30 word description of the vision of the company and what the company does. Assess conflicts with line of commands and how ideas flows. Evaluate potential ethical concerns and problems and report these to the CEO and board.
- Hold sessions with groups to determine areas of concern and how vision, attitudes and business ethics are stressed, and how to improve on leadership for the internal and external organization