The Atheist and “Oh Holy Night”

One of the most leaderly things I experience is a hearty “Merry Christmas,” from friends who don’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas lights

An atheist and Christmas:

Placide Cappeau, author of the poem that became, “Oh Holy Night,” was an atheist and anti-cleric. But, he inspired a phrase that, as a Christian, sticks in my mind.

“Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.”


When you appear, do people feel their worth?

Deadlines, pressure, problems, and deliverables distract you from what really matters – people.

Formula for making people feel their worth:

Make what matters to them matter to you, while fulfilling the mission.

How can leaders elevate what matters to others and lead at the same time?