As leaders, it is important that we connect with others both professionally and personally to certain degrees.  It is your passion for winning; creating; excellence; developing others; just name it; that will energize people willing to follow you.  Your passion comes from what you believe in strongly and resolutely.  I may not agree with your beliefs or share your passion, but if I discover that they are what energize you, then I know better how to communicate with, follow and lead you.  It is with that understanding that I share the following about myself.

One of my favorite Christmas Carols is “O Holy Night”.  I cannot remember the moment that it became my favorite, it just is.  When the Christmas season comes, I anticipate hearing this magnificent carol sung by talented voices.  It is a very moving personal Christmas tradition for me.

As with all traditions sometimes we need to stop and reflect on why it is significant to us and recapture some energy from its meaningfulness.  You may have a CD of “O Holy Night” and you can view the lyrics at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Holy_Night.

There is no doubt that the music alone is powerful, and as I read the lyrics, I see something greater.  Each verse has meaningful content, and speaks to the Savior’s significance to the World and to us individually.  The third and final verse sums up the entire purpose of Jesus’ birth, crucifixion, and resurrection, and it follows:  

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

May this Christmas be a time of love toward others and peace in our lives, but do not let it end after the season.  As leaders, we cultivate the environments in our teams, families, and communities.  What type of environment will you cultivate this next year?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!