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3 Leadership Bedrocks


Drew Dudley says we've made leadership such a huge concept it seems almost impossible for most of us to do. It seems reserved for the few people who can change the world. This, of course, isn't true. In reality, everyone is leading through their behaviors all the time. What we learn from this perspective is...

  • Leadership is influence.
  • Our influence is felt through our behaviors.
  • Our behaviors are driven by our values.

Here are three values to embody in your leadership!


“Our job is to make a positive difference, not prove we’re right.”
-Peter Drucker

It’s easy for us to lose ourselves in our roles and responsibilities, especially as we advance in our careers. Drucker’s advice is a great reminder of the value of selfless service. Not selfish, selfless.


“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
-Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou reminds us we all have access to courage anytime and we can display it in all kinds of ways with each other. It takes courage to show up for others as your most authentic self. Courage to show up with love and kindness.


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody ever became poor by giving to others. Deep down we know this to be true. Flip the organization chart upside down and ask yourself every day what you're doing to help others be successful.

Each of these takes commitment to the course of action you know in your heart is the right one for you. It takes humility to see others as success partners. It takes courage to put courage into practice. It takes showing up to give. These aren't "soft" skills, they're human skills. And those are the bedrock skills that matter for great leadership!

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