LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM CHRISTMAS
The first Christmas provides us with leadership lessons because it totally redefines the thought process for finding great leaders!
That Christmas story itself is one where a young woman gives up her spotless reputation to become a mother. A young man believes so much in an angelic dream that he marries a pregnant girl (that he's never slept with) and spends the rest of his life mentoring a child born to lead. Even the CEO of this story (GOD) decides it is time to enter the rank and file to lead humanity out of the devil's grasp.That brings new meaning to the phrase, "If you want something done right, do it yourself!"
Jesus, considered by many as the greatest leader that ever set foot on the earth, was born in a barn to unwealthy parents, never became financially rich, and spent the last 3 1/2 years of his life building a network of prostitutes, thieves, liars and cripples, to market His message. His life alone is an example of reverse marketing. How many leaders do great things for others without seeking or claiming recognition? Jesus did such things simply to benefit others, thus creating a loyal customer base that willingly refers Him to others.
A true leader knows how to give NEEDED gifts. The Christmas story is an example of how a little love, a little thought, and a whole-lot-of challenge can turn the outcast, weak, and forgotten into leaders who can speak to thousands with confidence, conviction and drive results.
Be a Christmas leader year round, sacrifice a part of yourself in hopes of making the rest of the world better. Model your leadership in a way that most people never experience. It will be received a whole lot better than a fruitcake.