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The 2nd “Leadership” Day of Christmas – The Gift of Improvement

In the song 12 Days of Christmas, on the second day, the gift is two turtle doves.  This is likely familiar to you.  In the 12 “Leadership” Days of Christmas, the second day’s gift is the gift of improvement.

For our purposes, improvement comes in two forms – improvement in process and workflow, and personal progress and growth.  Both are worthy objectives for leaders to support and encourage.  But how much do you encourage these things?

With that tease, here is your gift-filled assignment today.  Ask yourself:

  • How much have work processes improved around you in the last few months?  How have you supported those improvements?
  • How comfortable are your team members in suggesting or simply making improvements, small and large?
  • How do you support and encourage personal progress and growth?

Make no mistake, improvement is a gift.  People find frustration, challenge, and gaps in their daily work – and they see these areas for improvement best, because they live with the work (and challenges) every day.  People want the tools, freedom, and resources to make improvements, yet often won’t or can’t without your help.  Are you providing that help?

Most people want to grow and stretch in their work as well – but again they need help, encouragement, resources, perspective, and sometimes even permission to do so.  As a leader you are uniquely the person that can provide these things.  Are you?

There are many forces that keep all of us from the gift of improvement, and as a leader you play a critical role in freeing and permitting people to overcome those forces.

The good news is that when a person trusts Christ to be their Savior, they immediately receive the Holy Spirit with His power to use for improvement!

Give yourself and your team the gift of improvement today.

Tomorrow, on the eve of Christmas Eve, I will share the final gift leaders can give now or anytime.

Written by Stan Ponz
Dr. Stan Ponz is founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries (a national ministry that began in 1973 to help people take the Gospel and the Word of God into every person's world!). Stan also serves as President of Clarity Christian College. and is married to his high school sweetheart Carol, who led him to the Lord in 1966.