The 12 Days of Christmas: A Leader’s Version

By Lisa Petrilli

I happened upon Michael Lee Stallard and Howard Behar’s post entitled, “Overcoming Leadership Myopia” on Friday and it resonated with me in such a relevant, honest way that I pleaded with my #LeadershipChat co-host to make it the focus of our December 14th #LeadershipChat.  Fortunately, he loved the post too.

Thus, our topic tomorrow night will be the importance, as a true transformational leader, of engaging and genuinely connecting with employees and followers.

It’s my belief that the importance of these leadership qualities cannot be stated enough.  One of the lines in the Stallard/Behar post that had me nodding my head and voice fully agreeing, “Absolutely” was the following: “Individuals who don’t demonstrate that they care about people will never be true leaders and, frankly, have no place in a position of leadership.”

Thus, in the spirit of their post and its resonance with me, and with an aim toward transformational leadership for all in 2011, please allow me to offer a Leader’s Version of The 12 Days of Christmas (since that’s exactly how many we have left as of today!) minus the duplicative lines for brevity’s sake, but with the melody that you know so well, plus the 5th verse in typical style…

The 12 Days of Christmas: A Leader’s Version

On the 1st Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, a clear, inspiring vision for the company…

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, a role that fits my strengths perfectly…

On the 3rd Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, a real interest in me and my ideas for all to see…

On the 4th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, genuine respect expressed visibly…

On the 5th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, 5 CORE VALUES! (demonstrated by him/her daily…)

On the 6th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, proof they value and treat the opportunity to lead with great responsibility…

On the 7th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, engagement with my team demonstrated passionately

On the 8th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, credit and a spotlight when my team delivers successfully…

On the 9th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, recognition of the talents and experiences I bring so uniquely…

On the 10th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, commitment to work and life balance so I spend quality time with my family…

On the 11th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, honest support and feedback expressed eloquently…

On the 12th Day of Christmas My Leader Gave to Me, empowerment to succeed brilliantly…!

I strongly encourage you to read Michael and Howard’s brilliant post and invite all of you to join me, my smart and savvy co-host Steve Woodruff, and the #LeadershipChat community tomorrow evening, December 14th at 8:00 pm ET to talk about how we’ll apply those nuggets of wisdom to our leadership roles in 2011.

What would you add to The 12 Days of Christmas? Please share in the comments – I learn so much from all of you!

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Photo is THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS by kelp1966.

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