The Atheist and “Oh Holy Night”

One of the most leaderly things I experience is a hearty “Merry Christmas,” from friends who don’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas lights

An atheist and Christmas:

Placide Cappeau, author of the poem that became, “Oh Holy Night,” was an atheist and anti-cleric. But, he inspired a phrase that, as a Christian, sticks in my mind.

“Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.”

Worth:

When you appear, do people feel their worth?

Deadlines, pressure, problems, and deliverables distract you from what really matters – people.

Formula for making people feel their worth:

Make what matters to them matter to you, while fulfilling the mission.

How can leaders elevate what matters to others and lead at the same time?