It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There are holiday parties, cheerful events to attend, and a lot of work on your plate. That last part might not sound fun, and it’s not. That’s why many leaders this time of year struggle to put on a happy face and know where to focus their efforts.
We’re here to help. Here are five ways you can improve your jolly demeanor and become a stronger leader this holiday season.
1. Offer to Serve in a Volunteer Role
Nothing motivates a team more than to see a leader take off their managerial cap and put on a volunteer hat. By volunteering to get your hands dirty and donate time, you demonstrate a love for your cause. You also show respect to your volunteer team for all of their hard work by showing you’re not afraid to get into the trenches alongside them.
2. Get Familiar With the Finances
It’s December, which means a New Year is right around the corner. This is typically when non-profits dig into the financials and uncover new opportunities for the year ahead.
As you explore ways to better lead your organization this holiday season, don’t turn a blind eye to your financials. Understanding where you’re making money and where you’re losing it will help you find areas you could improve in 2018.
3. Improve Communications
Nothing causes stress to ripple through a team more than a lack of communication. When people are operating from different playbooks, tasks take longer to get done. This creates more work than is necessary, which can steal from the merry sentiment of the holiday season.
By making a conscious effort to improve communications among your team, you can ease the stress and become a better leader. One area in particular that you can focus on is scheduling. Make this core component of your business more transparent and agile with an online scheduling app. In doing so, you’ll free yourself up of time managing the schedule and make it easier on your team to have the time off they need.
‘Tis the season to give! Although it might seem like a challenging time of year to fundraise, non-profits stand to capitalize on the natural giving spirit that comes out during the holidays.
People are eager to lend a helping hand to others during the last few months of the year and that can prove beneficial to you as you lead your nonprofit to success. By focusing on fundraising, you can bring in more cash for your organization. Watching the influx of money come in will help you and your team have a more optimistic outlook on the company’s direction. And that can help everyone be a little more jolly.
5. Network With Other Non-Profits
You’re not the only organization trying to lend a helping hand in your community. Others are striving to better the lives of others as well. By partnering with other organizations, you can ease the leadership burden you’re feeling and continue to bring success to your non-profit.
Are You As Jolly Old St. Nick?
With stress and disorganization eating away at your mentality (which is common this time of year), you might not be. Turn that frustration and concern around by stepping further into your nonprofit to find new opportunities for fundraising and growth, and to show solidarity with your team.
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.