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How the Grinch Reveals the Heart of Leadership

The Grinch hated the Whos because his heart was 2 sizes too small, not because the Whos were hate-worthy.

The Heart of the Matter:


Recurring emotion reveals and expresses what’s in you, not what’s around you.

Years ago, we had a neighbor who hated everything. When everything bothers you, the bother lives IN you.

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Anonymous

Nothing changes until we find courage to recognize our own small hearts.

The world changes when we change.

Arleen Lorrance said it best, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”


“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two! ” Dr. Seuss

Strength is about heart, not muscle.

If you’re growing weak, perhaps it’s time to open your heart.

4 ways to grow heart:

The trouble with the Grinch was heart, not Whos.

The Whos didn’t change when the Grinch decided to return their gifts. He did.

  1. Self-reflection paves the way. What do you see when you look within? If you have a grinchy heart, own it. Say, “I’m an angry person,” if you’re frequently angry.
  2. Self-deception is real. What do others see when they see you? Ask a truth-teller – who knows you – to list your recurring emotional states.
  3. Reconnect with purpose. The Grinch realized that Christmas was more than gifts. Meaning grows hearts. Find purpose; find heart.
  4. Express the positive qualities in your heart. You might not be able to eliminate the negative, but you can accentuate the positive.
  5. Build relationships with Who-like people. Your heart grows to accommodate the people you let in. An open heart is less trouble than a grinchy heart.

What role does heart play in leadership?

How might leaders grow heart?

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