Coasting on Sentiment
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
- Buddy the Elf
Maybe you feel extra gooey around the holidays. Maybe not. But most of your people are in a different state of mind. They're paying more attention to family and celebrations, and less attention to work. And that's why holidays - particularly those at year end - offer leaders a special opportunity.
Who would you follow more loyally? Someone who controls your paycheck, or someone who controls your paycheck... and who gets to know you, who cares about you?
For followers, holidays are a litmus test for whether the leader "gets it," or not. Leaders who emanate eau de tolerance - that holidays are an unfortunate distraction from the truly important stuff (work) - show that they don't get it. Their demeanor says to followers, "I'm not like you. I don't understand you. I'm superior to you."
But leaders who cherish holidays - and the spirit that accompanies them - further establish their bonafides as someone worth following.
Sure, they're inefficient. And that's a good thing. Inefficiency around the holidays creates space for more human connections. For conversations about family and plans and gifts. For remembrance of things past, whether recent or distant.
Maybe you're a holiday-enjoyer already, but you're uncertain whether it's flaky. It's not. Get out there among the people and make the most of it.
If you're a Scrooge at heart, and you genuinely care more about results than reunions, then you should be out there, too, for one very practical reason:
It's the most wonderful ROI of the year.