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Do you consider yourself a leader?

Comfortable calling yourself a leader?

Why not?

Think maybe someday you'll be worthy?

If leadership is simply influence then we're all leading in our own way every day.  Our actions spread like ripples in the water.  Here's the effect they can have...

In our lifetimes (about 30,000 days or 80 years), we'll have the chance to know about 1,000 people.  If those 1,000 people each know 1,000 then we're up to 1,000,000.  If those 1,000,000 people each know 1,000 then we're up to 1,000,000,000.  In just 3 steps we're at 1 Billion & there are about 7.6 Billion on the planet.

Ex: Think of that bad driver you met on the freeway this week...

Their behaviors caused anxiety in the other drivers causing a chain reaction of events that could be very negative for many people.  Now, it's not that the bad driver has some sort of moral defect, they just aren't in touch with how their behaviors are affecting others in that moment.

If we keep the ripple effect of our actions closer in our mind, we stay in touch with how our behaviors affect others.

"You should recognize and celebrate YOUR leadership…and live it every day."  -Drew Dudley

What kind of effect are you having?


*Ever heard of the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" trivia game?  The point is that we're all connected in some way & it's had surprising impact.

Kevin Bacon's TEDx talk here

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