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By Dori Meinert
While shopping for a book for his granddaughter one holiday season,
Eric Harvey pondered the leadership abilities of Santa Claus–whose global toy manufacturing and distribution business enjoys legendary status. What are the secrets to his success?
Harvey, @InspiredLiving on Twitter, has written and published numerous leadership books as president of
WalkTheTalk.com. He's learned over the years that if you provide an engaging metaphor for leadership lessons, readers have a much better chance of remembering them. So he wrote
The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, (Simple Truths, 2015), which HR professionals are using to reinforce their leadership training. It’s a light-hearted, but educational, stocking stuffer for the leaders or potential leaders on your gift list.
In spirit of the season, here are 10 tips from the big guy in the red suit:
Build a wonderful workshop.Obviously, Santa has a top-notch behind-the-scenes team that helps him prepare for his annual delivery. So how does he keep them motivated and inspired the rest of the year?
He focuses on his team’s extraordinary mission—“to bring joy to all boys and girls,” Harvey says. Likewise, keep highlighting your organization’s mission so your employees can understand the meaning and purpose of what they’re doing. Make sure that everyone knows what values are important and then help workers turn those good beliefs into every day behaviors.
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