leadership | January 29, 2013

Drew Dudley: You Don't Need Permission To Call Yourself A Leader

"We act as if leadership is something we need permission to use; we need permission to connect it with our own identity," leadership speaker Drew Dudley told the audience in a new keynote. What's interesting, is that we often take great pride when someone calls us a leader, but feel as though we can't make that designation ourselves. Calling ourselves a leader often brings up a feeling that we're being too arrogant, or cocky. While we all strive to achieve that title, we worry that people will think less of us if we are the ones defining ourselves as leaders.

Not only that, but we tend to focus on the extraordinary events in our lives—good and bad—and ignore the everyday victories. When you start to see the extraordinary in everyday occurences, it becomes less scary to call yourself a leader. This idea of "everyday leadership" is one of Dudley's core speech topics. He says that the most successful people he knows are the ones who strive to be leaders day in and day out. How we behave in everyday life is more indicative of our character than how we behave in a select few extraordinary circumstances. That's why true leaders strive to collect as many lollipop moments (actions that fundamentally make someone's life better) in their daily lives as they can—instead of only focusing on making large changes once in a while.

Dudley has become a trusted speaker on the powerful potential of everyday leadership. He is is the founder of Nuance Leadership Development Services and was previously the National Chair of Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis. In his charity work and his keynotes, he speaks to varying audiences about taking ownership of your own leadership qualities. Leadership is not a title only available to a select few individuals. Rather, anyone can learn to be an everyday leader—and they shouldn't be afraid to give themselves that title.

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