Christmas is a time of joy and celebration even in the challenges of work and life. As leaders of faith, we understand the amazing wonder of Christ’s birth – Immanuel, God with us! It is a time of great celebration. The music, food, games, and gift giving are a part of this season. While your team appreciates any monetary gift you may give, there are some gifts they want even more. Here are a few gift giving ideas.What are you giving your team for Christmas? They might want these 10 gifts more: Click To Tweet
10 Gifts to Give Your Employee Team:
- Work that matters.
They need you to give them a compelling mission, a reason to give so much of their life to the work of your team. Remind them often of the “why” of their work. People want to be a part of something that really makes a difference in the world. Keep the reason for the work ever before your team.
- Hope in the future.
Your team needs to know you are confident in the future. Paint a picture for your team that clearly shows where you are headed with a hope and a vision for future impact. Hope is a powerful gift to give people.
When you trust your team, you lead differently. You empower your team to make decisions, to try new things, to learn, grow, and to even fail. You don’t micro-manage. You are actively engaged with your team but you give them room to do their work.
You treat your team with respect. You would never do anything that would dishonor, embarrass, or devalue anyone on your team. If you ever do, you are quick to ask for forgiveness. If you need to address an issue with someone, you do it in private, and you do it respectfully. You see the people on your team as men and women that have great value to God and to your team.
You make time for your team, formally and informally. You see the people on your team as your primary responsibility and priority. If a team member needs you, you make the time to be available. You give part of your leadership time investing in the development of future leaders.
- Growth opportunities.
You want the people on your team to grow, learn, and develop. You invest in creating a culture of development. You actively look for opportunities for your team to develop but you also empower your team to create their own learning opportunities.
Your team needs you to be consistent in your leadership style. The leader they see when things are going well should be the same leader they see when there are serious problems to solve.
You are quick to forgive yourself and quick to forgive others when mistakes happen. You deal with issues and move on. You don’t hold issues over the team.
If someone on the team has a personal crisis (family, health, financial, etc.), you let them know you care. Team members know that it isn’t just their work you care about. You care personally about them.
You pray for your team and they know it. You pray specifically for God’s hand of direction and wisdom on the work of your team. You pray for personal needs of team members. You regularly give thanks to God for the honor, blessing, and responsibility of leading the men and women on your team.
Enjoy the blessing of giving this season but don’t forget to give your team the gifts of leadership they need from you the most.This Christmas don't forget to give your team the gifts of leadership they need from you the most. Click To Tweet
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
What gifts have leaders given you that have impacted your life?