What A Singing Christmas Tree Taught Me About Leadership

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree

You are probably asking yourself “What in the world is a singing Christmas tree?”

To answer your question, it is a 67 foot tall metal Christmas tree. It is decorated with 300 choir members from Mona Shores High School.

It is an amazing sight.

So amazing that it will be featured on TLC’s Extreme Christmas Tree special.

Below is a promo for the Extreme Christmas Tree special.

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending one of the concerts this Christmas season. We were well pleased with it. Two of our youth students made us proud as they put on a great performance.

The concert made me think about leadership and the practices that go along with great leadership.

Here are 5 leadership lessons you can learn from the Singing Christmas tree:

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare
    The choir students that are involved with the production devoted many hours to practice. The choir students gave up entertainment, family time, and probably sleep preparing for the concert.

    As a leader, you will have to prepare for the role. You will need to study books, practice your writing, and practice your speeches.

  • Many people are involved
    This concert required the efforts of 100s of people. There were the 300 choir members in the tree, the orchestra members, the stage crew, and more. Many people helped the concert move smoothly.

    The same is true in leadership. You should have many members that can compensate for areas that you cannot focus on. Let great people join your team and take the burden off of you.

  • You may not be seen
    With so many people involved with the project, there are lots of workers that go unseen. The Singing Christmas Tree has volunteers called Tree Monkeys. These volunteers work behind the Christmas tree helping the choir members if they get dizzy, thirsty, or need to sit down. The Tree Monkeys provide a much needed service to the choir members yet they do not get seen.

    You may have this happen to you. Having to work behind the scenes and not be seen can be frustrating. However, it is a much needed service. If you can provide it, you are helping. Do not worry if you are the one that is seen. Worry whether or not the event/project is completed well.

  • Work in harmony
    The choir members learned to sing in harmony with one another. This helped create a beautiful melody that was enjoyed by a packed house. The choir members knew they needed to become “one” to sound great.

    The same is true in your ministry. You need a team that will work in harmony with each other. Make sure your team is on the same page, willing to pitch in where help is needed, and get the job done.

  • The top can be dangerous
    There is one person at the top of the Singing Christmas Tree. That person is called the angel. He or she is over 67 feet above the stage. It can be dangerous! Since it is dangerous, they attach a harness to the angel. This helps in case there are any issues and prevents the angel from falling.

    Being at the top of your organization can be dangerous too. You will be watched more closely. You will have people that do not like you. You will run into bad situations.

    Take precautions to decrease the amount of danger you will face. Prepare, have a great team, and work in harmony. By doing these things, you will have a cohesive team that can help alleviate some of the dangers you will face.

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