God looked at David’s heart when choosing him as king of Israel (1 Sam. 16:7), knowing that he would shepherd them “with integrity of heart” (Ps. 78:72).
God isn’t just concerned about what leaders do but how they do it which should be evidenced in all they do — even staff evaluations.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Lessons about Doing Staff Evaluations with Integrity from Matthew 7:1-5
- We do not sit above others as their magistrate or authority even if we are in a position of leadership. We are all ultimately accountable to God. Our approach to staff evaluations should come from a stance of mutual submission (Eph. 5:21) as members of one another (Rom. 12:5). If we get hung up in feelings of superiority, we will be more prone to hypocrisy, trying to take the “speck” out of the person’s eye when we have a “plank” in ours.
- Our own issues can cloud our vision. We might not address certain issues that should be shared in the evaluation. We might project ourselves onto them and misinterpret their motivations or attitudes. If you want to be more objective, you need to deal with the “plank” in your own eye first.
- To try to help someone with their problems when we struggle with the same or worse issues can be futile or detrimental. Jesus told this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Lk. 6:39)
- If, in a staff evaluation, you do have to deal with something you also struggle with, be honest. Follow the instructions of James 5:16 to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” To act like you have it all together when you don’t is hypocritical. Your honesty, on the other hand, can be helpful to the person being evaluated. You can pray for each other and hold one another accountable.