First off, I will fully admit that I am not a religious person by any stretch of the means. In fact, I only go to church only when I basically have to. Yet I LOVE Christmas time. Now don’t get me wrong, I fully respect all that Christmas has to do with religion and never challenge religious people; heck, look at the second testimonial on my website.
Yeah I know it sounds like an oxymoron, ironic or whatever have you but hear me out. Understand that to me Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family — those closest and most important to me. No doubt that is likely the same for you as well. But what does this have to do with leadership? Lots.
Keep in mind a leader’s number one priority is to take care of their people. When a leader is truly leading their organization, it becomes their second family. Approximately one quarter of your week is spent at work. And that includes sleeping time! So how can you as a leader use Christmas cards as a statement of your leadership? It shows that you care. You care during arguably the most important time of the year to your people.
How to do it?
Giving out Christmas cards seems like a simple task doesn’t it? But there is a way in which you can give them out and achieve maximum impact as a leader. Most people would simply just write a card to each individual person and send them out… not me. Instead of simply signing cards and handing them out, use it as an opportunity to involve the entire supervision chain. So for example, suppose that you have five levels of supervisors within your organization with you at the helm, naturally. The lowest-level employee would receive their card with five signatures and messages on it. Their supervisor would receive theirs with four on it, and so on.
You see, your action compounds itself each level it goes down. Every level of leadership will show that they care for your and their people. The personnel get the feeling that the entire leadership team cares about them and their family during this important time of the year and not just you.
Are you interested in learning more about how to exercise leadership during the Christmas, along with the background story on why I started with my seasonal Christmas cards? Head to my podcast episode #5 — Christmas Special and have a listen! There are a few more tips for you.
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