Days leading up to Christmas is magical for children. We can see and feel their excitement building as we build gingerbread houses, bake cookies, attend school programs, write cards, and hang decorations on a tree that remind us of our past. What a special time to dream!
As we grow older some might feel a change about the meaning of Christmas. We may sense that while the celebration of Christmas can be personal, that it is bigger than that. We begin thinking about how we might bring Christmas to others and not just during the month of December.
Seeing leadership as a gift
Leaders understand that the gifts we have been given are not for us, but instead are for those we serve. Here are three questions that can help frame this season and lead you to a happier new year.
1) How can I bring more value to people?
Value is not determined by us, but by those we serve. Ask those you care about most what they value. When bringing gifts of service, affirmation,or a present think about what they have said then find something to give that they will touch their heart.
2) What can I do to find the right group of people to serve?
We don’t connect with everyone, but we do connect with someone. The right group to serve is typically the one closest to us. If you are up for it, take the next opportunity you see something not working right and from an attitude of giving, turn it into an act of service and don’t look for any recognition.
3) How can I find my own tribe?
The strongest tribes are built around core values and a compelling vision of a compelling tomorrow. Further, a tribe allows for each member to make contributions in their special way. Each member also feels that they are not only accepted, but experience a deep sense of belonging.
I encourage you to begin looking for a group or person making change you believe in and find how you can use your special gifts to further the cause.
Could it be that when we begin giving what only we can give to those around us not expecting anything in return, that we are experiencing the true meaning of Christmas?