Leadership and Lollipops

What on earth does leadership have to do with lollipops?  Watch the video at the end of this blog by Drew Dudley.  He talks about a special moment when he had shown leadership and actually been totally unaware.  It’s what he calls lollipop moments.

LEADERSHIP

CoachesLeadership isn’t great moments when you achieve some grand goal like growing your network marketing team and reaching executive levels.  Your leadership started long before that when you were doing the little things.  

You may find yourself managing or coaching a soccer team and being that person one of the team can talk to when they are upset or don’t understand something.  You may be that person who gets involved in a community activity and helps to run an event or just provides support to others.  It’s all leadership.

An example of a lollipop moment is when you help someone in a way that affects them the rest of their life and you never even knew it happened.  One of those kids you were coaching may come to you years later and quote something you said to them that they felt was very profound but you actually forgot ever saying it.  You didn’t necessarily have a title but you showed leadership in meeting the needs of someone else without expecting anything in return.

I would recommend reading Robin Sharma’s “The Leader Who Had No Title”.  He does an amazing job of driving home how unimportant a title is.  They are usually just a reflection of productivity or achievement.  That’s not the same as leadership.

LOLLIPOPS

lollipopLollipops are a sweet yet simple treat that often goes unnoticed.  A lollipop moment is much like that.  A time when you do something without thinking.  To the recipient of your attention, it’s a sweet moment that they may well treasure the rest of their life and yet it was something so simple that you forgot it ever happened.  That’s a lollipop moment.   Again, watch the video below by Drew Dudley where he does a great job of explaining one of his lollipop moments.

ARE YOU A LEADER?

What are some great examples of leaders?

  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Co-workers

10-28-2010 08;47;20PM_1And the list could go on.  Parents are the role models for their children.  The same goes for teachers and coaches.  You are still a leader to those children and young adults when they grow up.  The same for friends and co-workers.

Some of these people will come and go from your life just as you will from theirs.  When you are away from these people, what will they remember?  They will remember all of the little things like just listening when they needed to have a good cry or maybe reminding them that they are a good person when they are having a black day.

How you handle the little every day things and people in life determine whether or not you are a true leader.  Don’t underestimate your power.  It would be such a waste if you never realized you had it and never put your power and leadership skills to good use.

Leadership and lollipops.  Such a simple way to remember how great you really are.

Are you afraid of the dark or are you afraid of your own light?

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for TED Talks.  I’m thankful for the time you took to read this blog.  I’m thankful for any time my words may be able to help someone else brighten their day.

What are you thankful for today?

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