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Like many people, I enjoy this time of year. It’s a time for sharing time with family and friends, a time for reflection, and perhaps most importantly it is a time to do things for others who may be less fortunate than us. In light of the spirit of serving others and the spirit of Christmas that embodies it, I thought I would share a leadership perspective that is applicable this time of year.
Regardless of your religious affiliation, there are many leadership lessons to be found in the Bible and in particular in the life of Jesus. In homage to the person who is the reason we celebrate Christmas, I’d like to share some lessons in leadership that I have taken from the life of Jesus.
Walk the talk. The most effective way to lead is by example. When the echoes of the words have faded, people will remember what you did more than they will ever remember what you said.
Embrace the value of everyone, not just those with position and title.
Work with what you have and make what you have work. Jesus didn’t complain that he only had a dozen people to change the world.
Don’t be misguided by pageantry and formality. Sometimes the most influential people come from the humblest of places.
If you’ve got something to say, say it. Polling the crowds and authorities to get their preferences will only dilute the message.
Speak to people in a way that they will understand. Leave the flowery speeches and language to the politicians.
When people resist you it is likely done because they are afraid of something. Address the fear and the change will come more easily.
They lied and spoke badly about Jesus behind his back. Don’t kid yourself into thinking it won’t happen to you at some point. If what you are saying and doing is meaningful, someone is going to talk bad about you, don’t take it personally.
There is strength in people that is often unseen. Find a way to tap into it.
Be where you are. Be in the moment. Don’t waste time focusing on what you wanted to do or where you would rather be.
May your days be merry, your holidays be happy, and your leadership be as effective as it could possibly be.
Dave Hasenbalg is Chief Operating Officer of Customized Solutions, LLC and does coaching and public speaking on Leadership and Operational Excellence.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org