But for those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord, it means so much more.
We remember the baby who became the man offering himself as the sacrificial gift that redeemed our souls. It’s the gift that marked and changed our lives.
A redeemed soul sees the past, present, and future differently, so when the decorations come down, and the tree loses its brilliance on the side of the curb, the Spirit of Christmas remains alive in the soul.
So how does this affect our leadership?
In my book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, I explain what it means to lead from your soul.
As leaders, leading from your soul means living your life with the convictions of your faith as guiding principles for the decisions you make and the actions you take.
Our Faith Should Not be Segregated from Our Work
It’s easy to compartmentalize our lives.
Work gets our daytime hours.
Family receives our evenings and weekends.
God gets Sunday.
But as much as we like to subdivide our lives, our faith should not be segregated from our work.
Our soul is our moral compass. It’s the part of us that longs to know God (Psalm 42:1).
Here are 3 Ways You Can Lead with Your Soul
1. Make Soul-full Decisions.
As people of faith, we must filter every decision we make through the lens of what is God-honoring.
2. Lead with Soul-full Actions.
How do your actions unite you with God and, in turn, communicate to others that your faith influences your whole life?
3. Have Soul-full Conversation.
As leaders, we have the responsibility to speak up and guide the direction of conversations in a God-honoring way […] In fact, our language is a good indicator of our spiritual health.
Our faith equips us with an extra dimension of leadership that unlocks wisdom and power that would otherwise be unattainable.
Let the Spirit of Christmas live bright in you every day of the year.
Keep leading well.
** Free Leader’s Guide **
The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership
I truly believe that healthy leaders and healthy teams can accomplish the extraordinary together.
As each of you learn what it means to lead from your whole heart, soul, mind and strength, both as individuals and as a group, you have the power to lead with greater purpose. I hope this guide helps your team move from ordinary to extraordinary!
Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.