Christmas shows of the past may have "problematic" themes that don't resonate the same today, but they still offer valuable leadership lessons for modern audiences. Here are a few examples from classic holiday specials:
Diversity and Inclusion: In "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Rudolph is initially ostracized because of his physical difference. This shows the negative effects of discrimination and exclusion on individuals and groups. However, when Rudolph proves his worth and is eventually accepted by the other reindeer, it demonstrates the value of embracing and valuing differences among team members. Diversity and inclusion are important for several reasons. They can foster creativity and innovation, build stronger and more cohesive teams, and promote fairness and equality in the workplace.
Authenticity: In "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Charlie Brown remains true to his values and beliefs, even when others try to sway him. This shows the value of staying true to oneself and being authentic in interactions. Authenticity is important for building trust, being effective and influential, and remaining true to one's values.
Personal Growth: In "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," The Grinch transforms from a selfish and greedy character into one who is kind and generous. This demonstrates the power of change and personal growth in leadership. Being open to change and willing to work on personal growth allows leaders to adapt to new situations and challenges, become more self-aware and reflective, and improve their skills and abilities.
Vision and Purpose: In "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," Santa Claus has a clear vision and purpose for his work: to spread joy and happiness to children around the world. This demonstrates the importance of having a clear vision and purpose in leadership. A clear vision and purpose provide direction and focus, inspire and motivate others, and help a leader make more effective and impactful decisions. Leaders can create a sense of shared purpose and meaning within their team and drive performance and success by having a clear vision and purpose and communicating this effectively to others.
Self-care: In "The Year Without a Santa Claus," when Santa Claus becomes ill and cannot fulfill his duties, it demonstrates the negative impact that neglecting self-care can have on a leader's ability to lead and serve others effectively. This highlights the importance of self-care and taking care of oneself in leadership. Self-care is essential for helping leaders maintain their physical and emotional well-being, maintain their energy and focus, manage stress, and prevent burnout. By prioritizing self-care and caring for their physical and emotional well-being, leaders can be more effective and impactful in their leadership.
Accountability: In "The Polar Express," the young protagonist, Billy, learns the importance of accountability and responsibility when he is given the task of ringing the bell at the North Pole. This demonstrates that accountability is an important leadership trait that involves being reliable, dependable, and responsible for one's actions and decisions. By being accountable, leaders can build trust and credibility with their team members, demonstrate their commitment to their work, and contribute to the team and organization's success.
These are a few of the leadership lessons found in classic Christmas specials. By considering these examples, leaders can develop and strengthen their own leadership skills and create more positive and effective teams and organizations in the new year.
What about you? As a leader;
Consider your answers carefully and put a plan together to strengthen any areas that seem weak to you. Need help, be sure to reach out to Karl Bimshas Consulting. Until then, enjoy the magic of the season.
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