Introduction & Article summary
The video, “Everyday Leadership” by Drew Dudley was published in 2010. The aim of the discussion in the video is to emphasize the need for appreciating ourselves as leaders and taking credit for it. The speaker stresses that humans have made leadership become something that is greater than everyone, something beyond us (Dudley, 2010). Essentially, the speaker also claims that leadership has been made to be about changing the world, and taking the title of a leader seems soothing that we are going to deserve it in the future. We consider taking the title “leader” now as being arrogant and feel very uncomfortable with it. The speakers indicate that we as humans feel inadequate to be a leader and that remains to be our greatest fear to date. But, in a real sense, we are powerful in such a way that it is unmeasurable. The speaker stresses that it is our strength or light and not the darkness that is frightening us. Therefore, the speaker calls into action that we require to overcome our greatest fear on the way we are extraordinarily powerful in our lives (Dudley, 2010). The speaker goes ahead to emphasize that we need to overcome our fears for the purpose of moving beyond them so that we can make a better future for our children by setting an example to them on the value we are impacting one another’s lives, more than money and influence. In the video, the speaker takes note of the significance of redefining leadership by referring to it as being about the lollipop moments; how many lollipop moments we establish, how many we appreciate, how many we look forward to, and also how many we thank them (Dudley, 2010). The speaker ends the video with a closing remark asserting that we have made leadership be all about changing the world yet there is no world but rather a six billion understanding of it.
The key message for aspiring leaders
The article has discussed very important aspects of leadership that are inspiring and suitable for aspiring leaders in order to be effective leaders. One of the key messages for aspiring leaders is as a leader, one should focus on making an impact on other people’s lives by changing their lives and making one a better person. Essentially, servant leadership is critical when it comes to leadership (Dudley, 2010). This message is important and suitable for aspiring leaders since it enlightens them that being a leader is not all about focusing on oneself but rather focusing on improving the lives of other people. By knowing this at an early stage, aspiring leaders will be able to practice making other people’s lives better which will enable them to grow into effective leaders.
Another key message for aspiring leaders is the need to appreciate leadership and acknowledge it as being greater than anyone. It is important that leaders require to overcome our greatest fear in the way they are extraordinarily powerful in our lives (Dudley, 2010). Therefore, leaders need to overcome their fears for the purpose of moving beyond them, so that they can make a better future for their people by setting an example to them on the value we are impacting one another’s lives. Appreciating and acknowledging leadership enables aspiring leaders to know the worth and value of being a leader. Moreover, one is able to know the significance and the role that a leader plays in an organization.
It is also important that aspiring leaders get to understand leadership better before taking a step into leadership. Any aspiring leader needs to do extensive research on leadership so as to get to know all details about leadership (Dudley, 2010). They have to study and see the way the current leaders are conducting their activities. Leadership is a big role that is accompanied by a lot of responsibilities such that it requires a person who has adequate qualities of a leader. It is also important to know aspects of leadership such as responsibilities, ethos, and leadership ethics. Knowing all these enables an aspiring leader to smoothly transition into leadership.
Analysis of the credibility of the advice
Also, advice from Drew appears to be credible because it is from a reliable website containing a speech of qualified and professional individuals. The speakers have employed the use of stories to bring out the image of the significant leadership aspects clearly so as to have a better understanding. They have also used real-life situation stories that have seemed to happen to someone close to the speakers or to the speakers themselves. These add weight to the discussion showing that the advice is credible. For instance, in the video by Drew, one of the speakers gives a real-life situation of his experience at a school that is really liable for the redefinition of leadership (Dudley, 2010). The video is also dated as the publisher indicated. A transcript is also attached along with the video indicating the names of the speakers and the advice that each gives. This is for the purpose of proving ownership of the authorship. Open declaration of the ownership and authorship of the article makes the advice that has been presented in them credible.
To sum it all up, leadership is a big role that is accompanied by a lot of responsibilities such that it requires a person who has adequate qualities of a leader. Moreover, teamwork is important and a leader, or should encourage teamwork in order to achieve organizational success. Additionally, aspiring leaders should take note of the significance of practicing together. It is important to take some time to rehearse as a team which helps in reconnecting with their collective rhythm. As a leader, one should ensure that the super team has a clear purpose to motivate the team members to work towards a common goal. As a leader one should also be aware that teams need healthy abrasion as well as competition in order to trigger creativity without messing up the entire teamwork.