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Everyday Leadership

With the brilliance of a master story-teller, Drew Dudley (TEDx Toronto) shares a delightfully funny and poignant story representative of the moments in people’s lives (that they perhaps don’t even remember) that make profound impacts on others.

These stories help us stop and think about choices we are making (or have made), and how they impact other people and the work we do. They can also set the stage for our planning – both personal, professional and collective planning. How can everyday leadership show up in our intentions at home, at work and together?

Watch the video. It’s a quick 6 minutes that will have you smiling. 

We have ALL played one of the roles in these “lollipop” moments of everyday leadership.  Drew’s argument is that;

“… as long as we make leadership something bigger than us, as long as we keep leadership something beyond us, as long as it is about changing the world, we give ourselves the excuse not to expect it everyday from ourselves and each other.…And yet, when we can value the impact we can have on each others lives, we can begin to re-define leadership in terms of lollipop moments: how many we create, how many we acknowledge, how many we pay forward, and how many of them we say thank you for.”

Similarly, when we take away the glory and pedestal from “leadership” and welcome everyone to step up to the plate in their own way, the concept of shared leadership becomes concrete and attainable.  Whether actions impact the life of a child, a stranger (in his story), an organization or a whole community, the intentional act of valuing everyday leadership will make it happen more.

In our book (Raising the Village, 2009), we identify three actions that both foster shared leadership and celebrate the kind of everyday actions that stimulate profound and positive change. Use these actions as reminders OR integrate them into your community strategic planning process to foster everyday leadership opportunities.

  1.  seek out leadership in others
  2.  balance power 
  3. learn along the way

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