Are you a leader?
Like most of us, you probably said no. You’re not some big shot at your company, you’re not in a lab finding cures for diseases, and you’re not leading an army into battle.
We tend to focus on the traditional definition of leader: a man in a suit standing at a podium lecturing us about his big ideas.
But that’s such a limited view. Could a leader be something else?
Could you be a leader…and not know it?
Being a leader doesn’t mean that you’re changing the world. It might mean that you’re changing just one person’s life.
I love this video of Drew Dudley’s TEDx talk on “Leading with Lollipops.” He describes an incident that changed a young woman’s life, and it was all because of his influence.
Please, please, do yourself a favor and watch it. This is powerful stuff.
You would be shocked if you knew how you are affecting the people around you right now.
Consider the way you treat
- Your family, kids, and partner
- Your friends and frenemies
- Your boss, coworkers, and interns
- Waiters, janitors, bus drivers, and other service workers
- Strangers on the street
You may not even remember the biggest impact you’ve had on someone. But they’ll remember. That’s what being a leader is about.
I challenge you to tell the people who have made your life better that they have influenced you.
I challenge you to expect that you are a leader every day, in every moment.
You have value.
You are important.
You are a leader.
How do you lead in your everyday life?
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