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 of them we say thank you for.
~ Drew Dudley
We all know that “leader” is a commonly used buzzword today.
A leader is often times seen as being made up of multiple talents, and only a chosen few can assume the mantle of “real leadership”. Leadership is the ultimate destination; a prize to be won. You either have it, or you don’t right?
Well, yes and no. Every one of us can be a leader every single day. In a TED talk author and leadership expert, Drew Dudley recounts a story about his experience in defining leadership: Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership | TED Talk | TED.com
As Drew points out, we set ourselves up for failure by making the role of leader something so big it becomes unattainable. Because leadership looms so large and mighty many of us tend to fear having that much power and may shy away entirely content to sit on the sidelines, as others more “deserving” go after the brass ring of leadership.
How to Create Lollipop Moments
Creating lollipop moments comes more naturally for some than others, but something as seemingly insignificant as smiling at a stranger, letting a stressed-out shopper take the spot in front of you at the checkout, or offering words of encouragement to someone who is struggling are all important acts of kindness and humanity.
Gratitude in Leadership
Expressing appreciation for even the smallest lollipop moment is part and parcel of being a leader. When you acknowledge and say “thank you” to another for the positive impact that person has had in your life, you help create a culture of lollipop moments by encouraging those around you to do the same. Lollipop moments are impactful, contagious, and often life changing.
It’s also important, and immensely valuable, to pay it forward. When you experience a lollipop moment, acknowledge it by expressing gratitude for that experience. Let the Drew’s in your life know just how much that time of encouragement impacted your life. In turn, you’re causing a ripple that may affect their lives just as profoundly.
Tying It All Together
Reflect on a person who made an enormous difference in your life. Have you thanked them? If not, why wait another day to let people that have made our lives better walk around without even knowing it?
You can start by thanking them today for the past lollipop moment. Take one of those moments, one of those memories that make you smile and share that story with the person that helped you. Visit them in person, send a card, write an email and let them know exactly what they did and why you’re grateful. It won’t take much of your time and may create the difference of a lifetime and a ripple effect of gratitude.
Lead by example and start a ripple effect of happiness in someone’s life. What lollipop moments will you acknowledge and create this week?
Tim Crowley, Ph.D.
Motivational Keynote Speaker, Leadership, and Resilience Expert
Tim Crowley is a well-known speaker with a passion for growing agile leaders, teams, and organizations that produce extraordinary results. For more than 25 years his services have touched the lives of leaders in some of the most recognizable companies in the world. Including AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ernst & Young, Hallmark, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Marriot, Microsoft, Nestle-Purina, along with numerous organizations, universities, state and federal agencies.
When not speaking, leading workshops, or writing he looks for inspiration through mountain biking, volunteering, and spending time with his family and friends.
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