Everyday Leadership

January 22nd, 2015 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Everyday Leadership

Drew DudleyChances are if you are reading this article and directly receiving our regular newsletters, you most likely hold a leadership position within your company. We like to promote leadership as an attribute, and we like to use it as a description for what we want in our management personnel; and yet ironically, most management positions use the metrics of daily operations (and not leadership) to grade performance. Achieving your margin, hitting your sales and payroll targets, and keeping your inventory at a very manageable level are typically what amounts to a management job description. Every company wants a good leader, but the truth is that most companies do not actually know what that entails. Being a leader involves this simple truth – leadership is about making a difference in someone’s life.

The video below is a brief talk by Drew Dudley, entitled Everyday Leadership. I honestly believe that this is the best 5 minutes discussing and describing leadership that I have ever encountered. I cannot overstate how powerful this video is, and I would recommend it over any leadership talk or workshop I have ever been involved with. For those who cannot view videos at work, I encourage you to forward this to your personal email for later viewing. To quickly recap Drew’s presentation, his thesis is simple – we have all changed someone’s life – usually without even realizing it, and this is the power of leadership. Drew calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives. He believes leadership is not a characteristic reserved for the extraordinary; it’s optimizing the power of the everyday moments and interactions we share with each other.

I hope you can find 5 minutes in your schedule today to watch this very entertaining and powerful presentation. It may very well change your life… or at the very least, inspire you to recognize and acknowledge the leader that you are.