One jolly fellow that is often referred to during this season is ‘Santa’. Children are often told that if they are nice, Santa will bring them a present, and if they are naughty, their name goes on “The List…” and they won’t get a present at all. I wonder how many of us remember hearing that story as children? I remember hearing that and making a sudden change in my behaviour and attitude because I didn’t want to end up with my name on “The List...”
I wonder what would we do if there was a ‘list’ today used to record ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ leaders? Have you ever considered that a ‘list’ does exist? It is in the mind of each person we come in contact with. John Maxwell says, “A man who says he is a leader, but as nobody following him is just a man out taking a walk.” Whether it is right or not, people are quick to judge and not quick to forget. The way you impact someone the first time will affect how they respond to your leadership. You may possess incredible leadership skills, but permission to lead them can be given by the person themselves. How you treat people will determine whether they give you permission to lead them or not.
Which list will your leadership be on this Christmas? Naughty... or nice…?
Have a blessed and safe Christmas.