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Finding Your Inner Leadership at Christmas

December 21, 2009

Today’s post is about how we practice, or not practice, personal leadership at this stressful time of year.

Many of us tend to have two alter personalities. There’s the side of generosity that’s displayed towards others who are less fortunate. This year’s a tough one because of the nasty recession
from which we’re just now emerging.

And then there’s the side of consumer-driven overdrive, in which stress causes normally nice people to become unbearably rude and impatient. It’s why I avoid stores and malls at Christmas.

Now that Sue and I have raised our four kids to adulthood, we’ve been reorienting how we spend Christmas. Gift giving has diminished in importance to where the emphasis is on enjoying get-togethers with family and friends.

Of course, with two grand-daughters Christmas brings back many fond memories. And yes, we’ll see them at Christmas. The seven year-old is becoming pretty savvy about Christmas. However, her one year-old sister has a couple of years to go. She’s pure as the driven snow.

For our personal leadership and how we conduct ourselves at this time of year, the key is how we remain centered amidst all the stress, pressure to buy and travel plans. As I said earlier, this year will be more stressful for many parents who have been hit by downsizing.

Remaining above the fray, knowing what’s important in your life, and focusing on those closest to you will keep you balanced during this time of year – and you’ll enjoy it that much more.

Share how you practice your leadership with others so that it rubs off on them. Pay it forward.

In the words of the later Mother Teresa:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

I’ll be taking a short break from blogging while I spend time with my granddaughters, but I’ll be back gangbusters on New Year’s Day.

Thank you for your loyal readership and trust. It’s a privilege to write for you.

Max and I would like to wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas!

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