Leading With Lollipops

There is a great video by Drew Dudley called Leading with Lollipops that quickly and expertly explains how you can make a difference in other people’s lives without even knowing it.

You’ll also get to feel the rush, through Drew, of how it feels to learn about making a difference in someone else’s life. Drew illustrates how the smallest, most insignificant action can cause significant reactions in others.

So, sit back and check out this short video.

I hope you enjoyed Drew’s video as much as I did. Drew and I think alike about leadership and making a difference – and he explains it well.

How did you answer the questions Drew asked in this video?

  • Are you completely comfortable with calling yourself a leader?
  • Do you have to change the world to be called a leader?
  • What is it that you must do, be, or have to be called a leader?

My Question is: Who is a Leader?

Everyone! And that’s my final answer.

Why do I say everyone is a leader? Because each of us influence/lead people every day. Our actions impact/lead other people whether we think so or not. Our actions affect the people around us for better or worse. Just by being you, you are leading someone by example.

Of course there are those that disagree. The old school thinking is you have to be a manager to be a leader. (Does being a parent classify as being a manager?) The other extreme is if everyone is a leader then pets, trees and shrubs, minerals, etc. are all leaders too. (Yes, I actually received that comment recently.)

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What is Your Lollipop Moment?

Everyone’s had a lollipop moment. Three or four come to my mind right now. The lollipop moments that I am thinking of are similar to what Drew experienced. The people involved never knew their impact on me. Unless I take the effort to tell them what they did for me, and how much it meant to me, they’ll never know.

Pay It Forward

I am going to follow Drew’s advice and pay it forward. Will you join me? Over the next few weeks I’ll communicate some of my lollipop moments in my About Leaders column.

Your story doesn’t have to be fancy or long – it just needs to convey how someone influenced you (his or her actions) and how this made a difference in your life (your actions). A little background info like where you met, how long ago, etc. would be good too.

How Are You Leading With Lollipops?

If you have ideas that you feel like sharing that might be helpful to readers, share them in the comments section below. Thanks!

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Ron Whitaker
Ron is an accomplished entrepreneur involved in developing multiple businesses from the ground up. He is the co-founder of About Leaders, an author, and a start up consultant and investor. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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