Everyday Leadership

This week, I have been thinking a lot about the role of a manger and how complex it can be between driving a project or program forward, supporting our teams, helping our teams grow and develop, and strategizing about the future.

At times, our own growth and development can get lost in the mix. For me, I have had a wonderfully fulfilling time focusing on my career. My development has certainly not made it to the top of my to-do list. So, today, in some ways, I am letting us all off the hook.  There are many moments where we can seize the moment to be a good leader without planning or forethought. There are leadership moments at every turn.

Take a few minutes to watch this Everyday Leadership talk by Drew Dudley where he describes the everyday leadership as “lollipop moments”.

His call to action for us 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.

Let’s start our day by thinking about someone who has made an impact in our lives—who should you acknowledge and thank today? How are you going to pay forward the impact that person had on you?  How can you make your team feel like they have an “everyday leadership” role on your team and in our work?

Enjoy the everyday leadership in your day!


Want to watch this with your team? Awesome!

Here are some discussion questions that might help to spark a conversation!

  1. What is a lollipop moment?
  2. What does Drew Dudley mean when he says, “As long as we make leadership something bigger than us, as long as we keep leadership something beyond us, as long as we make it about changing the world, we give ourselves an excuse not to expect it every day from ourselves and from each other”?
  3. How can lollipop moments can change our understanding of leadership?
  4. Who has shaped you are in a positive way? What specific things has that person done to help you?
  5. What are some big moments or milestones in your career? Who were important in making those moments happen?
  6.  Who helped you reach those accomplishments?
  7. Who is someone you never thanked for something they did for you?
  8. How can we have more lollipop moments as a team?

10 Replies to “Everyday Leadership”

  1. I am highly delighted going through Drew Dudley lollipop movement it was very helpful,motivative,and educative.Here is my reply to the above questions:
    1: lollipop movement means every day leadership.
    2:what mean by the quotation is that, we need to get over fear of how extraordinary powerful we can be in each others lives ,so that we can moved beyond fear for our brother and sisters can watch and value our impact on our owns lives.
    3:lollipop movement can change our understanding of leadership when we apply the redefinition of Drew Dudley where he said we should redefine it as ” how many of them we create, how many we knowledge, how many we pay forward and how many we say thank you for. Because we have made leadership about changing the world,and there is no world. There’s six billion understanding of it”.
    4:l am been shaped be Stephen R.Covey in his powerful lessons on personal change
    5: One of my big milestone in my career is to become a great leader and the persons important in making it happened are Stephen R.Covey and My former Medical Supretendant Dr Bukari Zakari
    6: The one that has help me reach here is Mr Fio Sabamma Aliu my former JHS teacher
    7: not known yet
    8: we can move lollipop movement as a team if we leave fear behind and think beyond fear .

  2. Dudley defines a lollipop moment as a time when someone “fundamentally made your life better.” Yet for some reason, we don’t let them know. Nor do we realize the simple things we do that may impact another person’s life.

    It is a moment when someone does something or says something that makes you feel better and also encouraged

  3. 1 Lollipop moments was the best and memorible moment of over come fear

    2 what Drew Dudley mean was we need to get over our fear of how extraordinary powerful, confident and determine to change over situation for our kids , bothers and sisters because leadership more important than money

    3 Because lollipop moments the moment of over come fear, leadership need to be bold and confident to be able to change and create.

    4. My Direct Dr Paul has shape me.

    5 Big moment of milestone in my career to become an Embryologist .
    Dr Kemi Ailoje make it happened .

    6 My Director Dr paul make me to reach where I am today .

    7. No one .

    8.we can move lollipop moments as a team by taken a risk to over come fear .

  4. Lollipop moments can be the little pleasant things we say or do that has great impact on others.
    Leadership is not for extraordinary people. It is for everybody. You need not change the whole world to become a great leader. Just that little impact in a person’s world “Lollipop moments” makes you a leader.
    Leadership becomes a habit which is repeated in our daily life experiences.
    Everyone can be a leader if he/she chooses to.
    Listening to Drew Dudley made me realised the “lollipop moments ” I have experienced with others. I am very much grateful.

  5. I am super excited going through Drew Dudley lollipop movement; this piece is really helpful and educative.

  6. Very informative and insightful. Redefining leadership is crucial.
    Funny moments that add value to your life is lolipop moment.
    The quotation simply means that leadership is what we do everyday.

  7. This is such a beautiful reawakening call to action, a subtle change in perception that little things we do sometimes affect the lives of people beyond our imagination and these little things if recognized by those that were impacted will go a long way to make the world a better place. Everyone is a leader and a hero.

  8. This has always been my opinion; great leaders are not always born great. Those everyday activities make a great leader. We can make each other’s life better. The growing 6 billion understandings of the world can be cohabited as such, and we all can lead in our little worlds.

  9. Drew Dudley i hope I get to meet you one day and tell you how much u changed my life.
    This video has transformed me.
    I have always afraid of my own power.
    Thank you so much!

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