What We’re Watching: Everyday Leadership


“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, and not our darkness, that frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson

All it took was a lollipop for Drew Dudley to change the course of a young woman’s life. He didn’t even know it until years later, but a simple act on his part forever had an impact on her. Have a look at Dudley’s “lollipop moment” to learn more about what he did:

Do you remember a moment when someone changed your life? Maybe s/he did something big and obvious, or perhaps it was so subtle that it almost passed you by. Regardless of what this life-changing moment was, does that person know what an impact s/he had on you?

While doing research for a course about leadership, I came across Dudley’s short TED Talk, “Everyday Leadership,” and I loved the simple message: everyone can be a leader. There’s no right job title, correct level of education or perfect time of day. Leadership can and does happen all the time; however, we’ve put the idea of being a leader up on a pedestal. It seems like something we need to work toward and something that has to change the world in a grand way – something that only the experienced or the most powerful can do. But, “we need to get over our fear of how extraordinarily powerful we can be in each other’s lives,” says Dudley. Why can’t we celebrate the life-changing leadership moments that we exhibit every day? He continues:

I worry sometimes that we spend so much time celebrating amazing things that hardly anybody can do that we’ve convinced ourselves that those are the only things worth celebrating, and we start to devalue the things that we can do every day, and we start to take moments where we truly are a leader and we don’t let ourselves take credit for it, and we don’t let ourselves feel good about it.

How true! We’re all leaders in our own lives – at work, at home with family, among friends. Why not celebrate these moments where we may not change the world, but we make a huge difference to another person?

So here’s to being an everyday leader! Be proud of the impact you have on others, and let those who’ve made a mark on your life know that they’ve changed you for the better.

What’s been a “lollipop moment” in your life?


Editorial and Education Research Project Manager, Bon Education

Image available under CC License by Steven Greenberg

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