Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
Don Yaeger, Experts - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:00 - 8 Comments
The holiday season merrily provokes the decking of halls and the jingling of bells. There’s something about Christmas that programs our brains to focus on questionable sweater patterns and multicolored light decorations. Beyond Yuletide carols and roasted chestnuts, the Christmas spirit gives us the chance to tap into the purity and passion of our childhood holiday traditions… and it’s the Christmas spirit that led me right into a great lesson on leadership.
While at a recent speaking engagement for Chevron, the leadership team divided up into several different groups for an exercise. The task was to come together and draw on a sheet of paper a vision of what a “Clear Leader” might look like. One group concluded that the ears are the biggest attribute of a great leader because truly listening is a must-have skill. Another group drew and presented a pair of oversized eyes after agreeing that being a great leader requires great vision, the ability to see around corners. But there was one team that came up with a creative model for leadership and it seems so fitting to share during this holiday season.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was their model of leadership. In fact, during this exercise they labeled him the greatest leader of all time. Before I had a chance to brush off the legitimacy of their idea, they cited seven indisputable and intriguing reasons:
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