Making a pledge to your team is an important step in declaring yourself and telling your team members who you are and what you stand for. A simple and honest pledge helps create trust, accountability, and establishes a foundation of transparency. Everybody's pledge to their team will be different and will be unique to them.

To help get you started and inspire you, we wrote a pledge of our own inspired by The Hippocratic Oath doctors take when graduating medical school.

The Shepherd's Pledge

I choose to make my career as a Shepherd, a manager who achieves results by putting people first, and to achieve personal success through the success of those in my care.

As is such, I swear to fulfill to the best of my ability and judgment this covenant:

  • I will remember that I am not responsible for managing resources, but for leading and caring for human beings with hopes and dreams of their own, and will treat them with the compassion, kindness and respect they deserve.
  • I will act with integrity and honor, and in doing so will do everything in my ability to ensure the success of my team members and our team.
  • I will put the success of my team members on the same level as my own, and will attend to their needs with the same urgency and priority as I do my own.
  • I will not knowingly put the careers of my team members in jeopardy, nor will I actively participate in activities in that may have an unwarranted negative impact on my team members or our team. In situations where this is unavoidable, their fate shall be my own.
  • I will be honest and forthright in my communication with my team members in matters both large and small, and regardless if in giving praise or correction.
  • I will respect the privacy of my team members, and will not discuss issues shared with me in confidence and good faith.
  • I will remember that shepherding is a marriage of science and art, and that the need to achieve results must be balanced with a thoughtful and personal approach.
  • I will not be ashamed to say “I don’t know”, nor will I fail to consult with my colleagues when the skills of another are required for a team member’s care and success.
  • I will protect our team, in the knowledge that the health of our team is critical to the success of its team members, by ensuring all team members perform to the standards of our established norms and performance metrics, and by transitioning aberrant team members off of the team.
  • I will respect the hard-won learnings of those shepherds in whose steps I walk, and gladly share my knowledge with those who are to follow.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy success in my career, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of shepherding those who seek my help.

Last updated: August 1, 2020