The Twelve Days of Leadership Christmas


What a crazy year!  Even the PNC Twelve Days of Christmas Index didn’t escape the pandemic.

This year, the cost of buying the gifts in the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is down 38% to $105, 562[1].  

However, there is an important COVID-related caveat.  Due to the near shutdown of the live entertainment industry, this year’s index did not include the nine ladies dancing, ten lords a leaping, eleven pipers piping, or twelve drummers drumming as they were not available.

Holiday time can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be for good leaders. The following list contains gifts that will last a lifetime. Best of all, most of them are free!! Check out our “shopping” guide below!

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The 12 Days of Leadership Christmas (sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas)

On the first day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • expectations stated clearly

On the second day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the third day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the fourth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the fifth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the sixth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the seventh day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the eighth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • eight new ideas
  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the ninth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • nine fewer meetings
  • eight new ideas
  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the tenth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • ten minutes daily
  • nine fewer meetings
  • eight new ideas
  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the eleventh day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • eleven introductions
  • ten minutes daily
  • nine fewer meetings
  • eight new ideas
  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

On the twelfth day of Christmas my leader gave to me

  • twelve monthly “sit-downs”
  • eleven introductions
  • ten minutes daily
  • nine fewer meetings
  • eight new ideas
  • seven bits of feedback
  • six focused outcomes
  • five books to read
  • four encouraging words
  • three stretch goals
  • two engaging tasks
  • and expectations stated clearly

And, unlike the real gifts in the twelve days of Christmas gifts, most of these are free!!!

Happy Holidays from Avail Advisors!

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Brad Kolar is an executive consultant, speaker, and author at Avail Advisors. Avail helps leaders simplify their problems, decisions, data, and communication. Contact Brad at brad.kolar@availadvisors.com.


[1] Based on the PNC cumulative index.  This counts the total number of gifts based each repetition throughout the song (e.g., 12 partridges in total). For those interested, they also have an index that provides the cost of the items the first time they are mentioned (e.g., three French hens, etc.).

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