Biz: How do you keep coworker morale high?
S.R.M.B.: First of all, that is the responsibility of each Mercy co-worker. In my efforts, I have transitioned from the ministry of action—education, in-services, rituals, et cetera—to the ministry of presence. People are hungry to be listened to and receive validation for a balance of current experiences personally and with ministry. This privilege honors our core value of dignity and affirms each person in their inherent worth.
Biz: How do you recharge after spending the day caring for your team?
S.R.M.B.: I prioritize my personal prayer life and look for time to take frequent walks, watch sports on TV and keep in touch by phone with family, community members and loved ones.
Biz: What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned during the pandemic?
S.R.M.B.: I believe the present circumstances have enhanced my appreciation for a sense of calm. As an extrovert and passionate individual, this is usually conveyed in my presence, messaging and choice of topics to be discussed. There’s so much over which we have no control right now. Honoring myself and my colleagues through striving for calmness and hope are areas in which I can always grow and improve.