The holidays bring a variety of seasonal delights, from the warmth of Glühwein to the tang of pizzelles to the parade of classic holiday films. Beyond the heart-warming moments, there are some enduring truths nestled in our beloved holiday movies. Will Farrell’s character Buddy Hobbs might not be the first person you’d look to for career guidance, but the movie Elf is replete with lessons. Here are three leadership insights straight from the North Pole to your office:
1. Never underestimate the gifts of others. Buddy’s unique approach to the world is routinely overlooked or scoffed at by those around him. When people around us see the world differently, it is an opportunity to strengthen our outlook and methods. This can make the difference between failure and success—as Santa can attest.
2. The way you treat others has consequences. Walter Hobbs’ selfishness not only put him on Santa’s naughty list, it had far-reaching implications for his personal and professional life. Whether it’s the person delivering a singing telegram or Santa Claus himself, taking time to treat others with dignity and respect will always enhance your work, not detract from it.
3. People can change. Office politics can become deeply entrenched. How might your team dynamics change if you extended more optimism, respect, and grace to a colleague? As Santa counsels Buddy: “Some people just lose sight of what’s important in life. That doesn’t mean they can’t find their way again.”