I came across a TEDx talk today by Drew Dudley about Leadership. It is called “Creating cultures of leadership”.
He explains his first ever class on leadership. After the class, a participant came up and said “I thought I understood leadership, but now I don’t. Could you explain exactly what you mean by leadership?”
He could not explain it simply. It was too complex. (He used the old teacher trick… he asked her “well, what do you think leadership is?”)
After years of thinking, he can now explain leadership simply. For him, it is answering these 6 questions every day.
If he answers these 6 questions every day, at the end of a year there will be 2,190 moments that he deliberately makes people better.
The 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to be a Leader
Impact – What have I recognised in someone else’s leadership today?
Continuous Improvement – What have I done to make it more likely I will learn something?
Mentorship – What have I done to make it more likely someone else will learn something?
Empowerment – What positive thing have I said about someone to their face today?
Recognition – What positive thing have I said about someone who isn’t in the room?
Self-respect – How have I been good to myself today?
What is the underlying structure of your life? What habits are made easy because of the layout of your home, your office, the friends you hang out with? How might you change the structure of your life in order to make certain positive habits more likely to happen?
Our surroundings affect us more than our intention and our discipline.
This is a great summary video of a book that had a great impact on me back when I was 23 years old. I was working for Accenture (in those days, Andersen Consulting) and the organisation shared this book with all employees. There’s a photo there of me there on the right with my leather bound edition of the book.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books in self-development.