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An article about the leadership and life lessons Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer can teach us, especially through the eyes of a child. Read, reflect and enjoy!


Last week while I was in the shower, my four-year-old daughter, Raquel, walked into the bathroom and asked me an interesting question. “Mom, why doesn’t anyone like Rudolph’s shiny red nose?” My daughter was supposed to be in bed sleeping. I am 99% sure she was lying in bed reflecting on her day.

Many nights I have quietly checked on her before going to bed myself only to find her talking to herself while she makes vivid hand gestures and motions. On this particular evening, her talk and gestures must have focused on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. After thinking about the question, “Why doesn’t anyone like Rudolph’s shiny red nose?” for quite sometime, she must have needed a second opinion. So, she came to the shower. I quickly dried off and spotted a great opportunity: exploring the wonderfully creative mind of a four-year-old.