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Santa’s Secrets For Leaders

You know him. You love him. He’s impacted commercialism around the entire world, but what can we take away from the man we call Santa Clause?

As a young 4th grader, I had the honor of playing the role of Santa in the school play. During that time, I feel that a leadership bond was created, which brings me to this blog post today. (Just kidding about the bond part..;)

What can leaders learn from Santa’s story? To learn about a person, you have to learn from their teams and their tasks.

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1 Santa Stays In His Sleigh (Lane)

Santa has been traveling the world every single year for “hundreds of years”. Same mission. Same mindset. He knows what role his responsibility plays, and he does it joyfully.

  • What’s your role of responsibility?
  • What are the non-negotiable items of your calling?
  • Have you “pulled the plug” prematurely on some things you know you’re supposed to continue?


2 Santa Uses His Helpers

Santa understands the task is bigger than one person. He needs help, and direct delegation is a must for the bigger purpose of his mission. Whether elves, reindeer, or frosty for moral support, the team is the only thing that guarantees the win.

  • Are you trying to do everything yourself?
  • When’s the last time you evaluated the events of your week?
  • How can others help?


3 Santa Creates A Space For Everyone

My favorite person in the Santa story is Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. The one who everyone thought was worthless and weird, Santa turned into a helper, and then a hero.

  • Who has been pushed aside that needs to be pushed to the top?
  • How creative can you be to include everyone?
  • What area could a “Rudolph” help you in? 

Mr. Clause is quite the leadership profile. His existence to our culture has added seasonal spirits through the message of hope and love. Though this blog spotlights some thoughts about his figurative leadership, may we not forget what Santa does for Christmas, Jesus does for eternity.


The reason for this season is Jesus Christ. His relentless love for humanity is the hope of the world every single day. I pray this Christmas season is special and spiritual in every way.