Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

Santa Claus, the Bad Boss looks up at Rudolph the great Servant Leader

Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick. Santa Claus is really a bad boss, here are several examples of his poor leadership behavior:

Santa Claus the Bad Boss

In contrast, the reindeer team leader, Rudolph, shows excellent leadership skills. You may recall, he wasn’t always so famous. Santa even told him he’d never pull the sleigh and the other reindeer all laughed at him. But did that stop him from serving all his detractors with excellent leadership? Heck no! When called upon, Rudolph stepped up to the challenge, presented his vision and blazed a path for all the team to follow. Here are many reasons Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, should be recognized as a servant leader:

Rudolph the Servant Leader

So the next time you see the jolly old elf, laughing “Ho, ho, ho” and cracking the whip on those poor reindeer, remind him what it means to be a leader. Tell him he should subscribe to ModernServantLeader.com and take the Servant Leadership 101 course.

I wish you and your loved ones a very, merry Christmas.

Question: What other Christmas classics display great leadership examples or bad bosses?

 

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll probably like The Servant Leader’s Night Before Christmas & New Years Resolutions for Leaders:

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All I want for Christmas is Servant Leadership
All I want for Christmas is Servant Leadership

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What are your Leadership New Year's Resolutions?
What are your Leadership New Year’s Resolutions?

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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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