What Christmas Movies have taught me about leadership…#1

BY: Brett Detken

So, it really IS that time of year!

Christmas music and movies are on every channel, every station, and are playing around the clock! And no matter who you are, at some point each Christmas season, we will all make time to sit down and watch our favorite Christmas movies. And so, if you are a fan of Hallmark movies, the Christmas Classics, or the new Christmas movies of today, here are some things we can learn from these incredible stories that apply to how we lead.

For example, here are 4 leadership lessons we can learn from one of my favorite movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

– Leading well happens when life goes differently than you planned! 
In the movie, George Bailey, the films main character learned first hand that life can change in a moment, and yet leading well means adapting to the changes as they come. Leading well starts not just from being responsible, it grows when we are “response-able” to the changes that occur all around us.

– You often inherit the team you lead. (For good and bad!)
Just as George inherited his team from the generation before, leading well means bringing the best out of the team you inherit. Look for ways to get them in the right seat, and to help them succeed.

– Leaders take responsibility for their team’s failures. 
When an employee makes a disastrous mistake, George does not blame, but instead takes the responsibility on himself. As John Maxwell says, “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, and a little less share of his share of the credit!”

– Successful leadership should impact your community, not just your bottom line. 
This season, remember that your leadership is about something bigger than just what you can produce. No matter what type of organization you lead in, remember that your leadership legacy will not be built on stats or numbers, but on the people you impact along the way. So, keep pouring into people, keep leading with excellence and courage, and keep investing into what matters. It is making a bigger difference than you can imagine.

Join us over the next couple weeks, as we learn more from our most favorite Christmas movies!

So….What Christmas movie is your favorite? 

Brett Detken is a leadership expert and the Director of Marketing for the 4Sight Group. She loves raising up the generation of leaders to change the world.