I have no idea if Santa Claus has a list of core values but a leader as productive, efficient and universally beloved as St. Nick has to rely on some formula.
I was looking over our CSL core values and realized Santa would not only love them, he already employs them.
Accountable: I’d like to think the buck stops with the man in the big red suit. If toys don’t get delivered to Argentina, I don’t see Santa blaming it on some rank-and file elf or making excuses about how the GPS on the sleigh wasn’t working. Santa holds himself accountable which leads to accountability throughout his workshop.
Collaborative: There is no way toys get delivered to every child in the world without the help of a great team working together towards a common goal. Santa relies on elves, reindeer, even parents to help him get the job done. Of course, Mrs Claus plays a big role too. Santa believes in building strong relationships and collaborating to accomplish the impossible.
Empowering: Santa Claus is not a micro-manager. He believes in giving his team the authority to do a job and then allowing them to do it. Santa fosters an environment that empowers people to flourish, grow and succeed.
Global-Minded: OK, we actually got this one from Santa. No one is more global-minded than Santa. He cares about every child in every corner of the world. He understands their culture and literally speaks their language (he’s multilingual).
Authentic: Despite cynicism over his motives, the over-commercialization of the holiday and the blatant exploitation of his image, Santa has stayed true to his beliefs. It would be easy for him to change, even encouraged, but Santa Claus has remained a genuine and constant symbol of this season of giving. It doesn’t get more authentic than Santa Claus.