Forgotten Leadership Lessons from Halloween



Today is Halloween, and later on today, there will be millions of little (and not so little) kids canvasing your neighborhood (neighbourhood for my Canadian brethren), asking for candy treats.

Obviously please be careful driving around tonight, as kids are typically in costumes and they may not have the best of vision (when do they?) if wearing masks or makeup.  

Children at Halloween can remind us of a variety of life and leadership lessons, that we've forgotten as we put away our Jack-o-lantern buckets and bags.

1. You can be whomever you want to be.

Halloween is great for kids, because they can dress up as their favorite (Favourite) characters or people.  Thanks to my parents, I was able to dress up as Robin, Captain America, Shazam, Mork (from Ork), Darth Vader, etc.  As a kid at Halloween, you can be whomever you want. 

Lord Vader

Lord Vader


As an adult, you can be whomever you want to be as well.  It's not too late to become who you want to be.  It will take work, just like it took my parents to make my various costumes.  The end result however is priceless.

2.  Creativity allows for growth.

Your Halloween costume shows your creative side.  You put your energy into your creation and become that character, through your unique creativity.  

In adult world, you should use creativity every day.  Make every day your masterpiece.  Even if you feel your job is dull, and doesn't allow for creativity, I beg to differ.  You can create anything in your life.

3.  Courage to approach complete strangers.

Kids will go up to houses and ask people to give them candy.  Think about this for a moment.  Going up to complete strangers, and asking them for something, without giving them anything in return.

Try doing that in Times Square, and you'll get your ass beat, or at minimum some quite colorful (colourful) response.  I wish it wasn't that way.  We don't communicate enough with people.  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat is a form of communication, but it's not real, physical communication.  

I hope you get all your favorite candy tonight. 

Be well!