In the spirit of the season – Leadership lessons from Charlie Brown


We know about the 12 days of Christmas, but how about 12 leadership lessons from Charlie Brown’s Christmas?  I’ve been exploring the 12 Most blog and want to share with you just a taste of one that fits the season so well.  Here it is, enjoy! ~Christine


12 Most Memorable Leadership Lessons From Charlie Brown

Posted by Susan Silver on Nov 18, 2011

to me, always seems to be the start of the holiday season. Before the turkey even hits the table consumers are already doing their Christmas shopping. Many are already thnking about the Black Friday sales.

It is easy to be cynical and think only of the commercialism associated with the winter holidays. This season marks something more hopeful and child-like. Yep, those good old animated classics with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Reindeer.

I am not going to write about them though, because there is one that means more to me than all the others. The hallmark of the season is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  I am looking forward to watching it again this year and remembering what I’ve
learned from that block head. Sometimes it takes the eyes of a child to see what is really important. These are 12 leadership lessons I have learned from the Peanuts gang.

1. Persistence

Charlie Brown always took his chance to kick the football. He didn’t let his previous failures deter him. Leaders will sometimes fail, but they take action when they encounter new opportunities for success.

2. Rewrite

Snoopy began all his novels with, “It was a dark and stormy night.” This comedic riff became a classic Peanuts joke. It reminds us that leaders revise,but aren’t afraid to write that lousy first draft.

3. Exultation

When the Peanuts gang gets together we get great moments like the Christmas dance that has become iconic of the series. Leaders know how to keep their teams motivated by creating a joyful atmosphere. An example of this practice is Ben & Jerry’s “Joy Gang” formed in 1987.

4. Confidence

Charlie Brown rarely came across as a confident leader, but he always managed to pull the group together in a crunch. In “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown” he gets the kids out of a dire situation by taking charge. Leaders often are individuals willing to take responsibility in a crisis. …

To read this article in its entirety, visit 12 Most.  Susan offers eight more lessons from Charlie Brown and his team.


Susan Silver

Susan Silver works as a contract SEO copywriter. She has contributed her knowledge of social media to several blogs, including Talent Zoo’s “Digital Pivot.” Her unique writing talent is telling stories that explain mundane topics through the lens of pop
culture. Susan currently writes about Word-of-Mouth marketing on her website Cirquedumot.