The secret to everyday leadership:
We have all changed someone’s life… But most often we do not realize it and remain unaware of it, or at best discover that we did further down the line.
Have you made someone’s life fundamentally better with just a small remark or act of giving or even a kind word? Or possibly by connecting them with another like-minded individual you think they would enjoy meeting?
You might not know that you did in the moment, but you might find out looking backwards how what you did or said connected to beautiful dots for the person in question and changed their life or empowered them.
The power of each individual to drive positive change wherever they are and whoever they are
Each individual has the power to drive positive change wherever they are and whoever they are.
Everyone can influence and inspire, empower the people around them one way or another.
Leading with Lollipops TED Talk – TEDx Toronto by Drew Dudley
Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew Dudley has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and more.
In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.
Selected to appear on TED.com, it (delivered at TEDxToronto in 2010) was ranked by visitors to the site as one of the “Most Inspirational TED Talks of All Time”.
Time and Business Insider magazines have all included hyis talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader”.
Favorite extracts from this TED Talk
On the definition of “Lollipop Moment”
“How many of you guys have a lollipop moment, a moment where someone said or did something that you feel fundamentally made your life better? All right. How many of you have told that person they did it? See, why not? We celebrate birthdays, where all you have to do is not die for 365 days .
Yet we let people who have made our lives better walk around without knowing it. Every single one of you has been the catalyst for a lollipop moment. You’ve made someone’s life better by something you said or did. If you think you haven’t, think of all the hands that didn’t go up when I asked. You’re just one of the people who hasn’t been told.”
On the new definition of “Leadership” through giving and kindness, spreading “Lollipop Moments” in others’ lives
“Marianne Williamson said, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. [It] is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that frightens us.” My call to action today is that we need to get over our fear of how extraordinarily powerful we can be in each other’s lives. We need to get over it so we can move beyond it, and our little brothers and sisters and one day our kids — or our kids right now — can watch and start to value the impact we can have on each other’s lives, more than money and power and titles and influence. We need to redefine leadership as being about lollipop moments — how many of them we create, how many we acknowledge, how many of them we pay forward and how many we say thank you for. Because we’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There’s only six billion understandings of it.
And if you change one person’s understanding of it, understanding of what they’re capable of, understanding of how much people care about them, understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you’ve changed the whole thing.”