Songs of the Season: Leadership Lessons from Holiday Favorites

Whether you’re Home for the Holidays or dreaming of a White Christmas, one thing is true during this time of year: it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! And rightfully so—according to Statista, 85% of adults have at least a favorable view on holiday music, with 32% loving the tunes by saying their attitude toward it was great. Apparently, Buddy the Elf was right when he said “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Check out these three lessons we can learn from holiday classics.

Embrace the Underdog Role

Business communities are made up of people from all backgrounds and ways of life. No one past condition makes one leader better fit than the other; however, when opportunities arise to show true character, you must take advantage. It’s what you do with those opportunities that make you great. For instance, take this underdog character and see what he did with his opportunity.

All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games

 Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you’ll go down in history”

Never Forget Where You Came From

Most career paths take many twists and turns along the way; some planned and some not expected. During your work journey, the interactions you have with others make you the professional you are today. From co-workers to employees to mentors, each person to make your acquaintance has specific lessons to give you should you not forget where you come from.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills, and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.

Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

During the holiday season, some businesses ramp up work hours to maintain the high production level needed at the end of the year. Because of this, it can be easy to overwork your staff and yourself as the year comes to a close. While tying up loose ends and maintaining a competitive edge is necessary, it’s just as important, if not more, to focus on your organization’s work-life balance. And while some businesses are functioning with a remote workforce, it’s now more important than ever to know when to unplug, unwind, dream of your idyllic vacation, and just be Home for the Holidays.

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
For no matter how far away you roam.

When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home

What lessons have you learned from holiday songs? Which Christmas song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

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