The holiday season is in full swing and has been for quite some time. With Christmas promotions beginning as early as Halloween, we’ve all had plenty of time to reflect on the holiday season around us. The holiday season can teach us all a thing or two (or four) about being better nonprofit organization leaders.
Lesson 1: Budget Wisely
The holiday season is a time of increased costs that need to be thought of and accounted for in advance. The multiple gifts to purchase, holiday parties to plan, and party dresses (or suits) to purchase can definitely have an effect on your coffers if not carefully planned for. Learn from the holiday season and treat your annual budget the same way. Make sure to remember all the little events that quickly add up while planning for your expenses in 2014.
Lesson 2: Give To Those In Need
The holidays are a time to think of those less fortunate. Volunteers dressed as Santa stand in front of grocery stores and office gift drives for children in need occur all over the country this time of year. A strong organization also knows when it’s time to give back to the community. Find a local cause that relates to the goals and mission of your organization, and plan a time when your organization can give resources to support the cause.
Lesson 3: Show Appreciation For Others
The holiday season is also a time for telling others what they mean to you, expressing your gratitude for them being part of your life. The takeaway here is to make sure your members are aware of their importance to you and your organization. Send a card, make a phone call, and let them know year round how grateful you are that they are members.
Lesson 4: Avoid Fatigue
The holiday season is a time of parties, potlucks, and plays. Being at every event can have a serious toll on your wellbeing. Ensuring you get rest and relaxation is vital to surviving the season. Just as it is requisite to take time to breathe during this busy season of merriment, make sure you allocate time for rest all year long to avoid the fatigue that comes with running an organization.
The winter holiday season only comes once a year, but lessons learned from it can make you a more effective nonprofit leader all year long.