Everyday Leadership

In a TedTalk by Drew Dudley, he starts by asking the question, “How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” He says there are many that do not raise their hands. He talks about people thinking it would make them seem cocky or arrogant and aren’t comfortable with the title. Maybe we don’t feel like we deserve it.

He goes on to tell a story of someone who had met him earlier and had interactions with that he couldn’t remember. This person said he was important in her life because of the situation. His point was for us to ask ourselves how many times do we do something we think is trivial but that it could have some impact on someone else. We let people better our lives without them ever even knowing it.

He quotes Marianne Williamson who said, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. [It] is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that frightens us.” Listen to his short 6:10 talk and find out what a “Lollipop moment” is.

Leadership in a small package

A young girl, Malala Yousafzai is known to stand up against the Taliban in Pakistan. She demanded that girls should be allowed to receive an education. Born in July 1997, she is currently 19 years old. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman but survived. She went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and is the youngest recipient at age 17.

Here is her Nobel Peace Prize speech:

Her hometown, Mingora, Pakistan, changed as a result of the Taliban tried to take control. Her father founded a school she attended. The Taliban started attacking girls’ schools so Malala gave a speech in 2008 called “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

She began blogging for the BBC in 2009 about the threat of the Taliban to deny her education under the pseudonym Gul Makai. She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Price in 2011 for her activism. She was awarded the National Youth Peace Prize by Pakistan that year.

When Malala was 14 years old, the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Her family didn’t feel someone would actually harm a child. However, on October 9, 2012, a man boarded her bus and shot her in the side of the head. She was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar and transferred to Birmingham, England. She had to have multiple surgeries. March 2013 she began attending school in Birmingham.

Malala has written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. She is still considered a target by the Taliban.

This is her speech at the UN in 2013

Her 18th birthday, July 12, 2015 (also called Malala Day), she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.

You can join her fight for education of girls at her website:

Read more: http://www.biography.com/people/malala-yousafzai-21362253

Leadership Traits

The Victor crew did a search for “leadership traits” to see what would show up. Many sites offered leadership traits/qualities/attributes. But what struck us was some had as few as 7, some as many as 23, and even one that gave 101! Whew!

The thing is, can we really define leadership in a list? Anyone can sit down and make a list of what they think leadership is about but isn’t that subjective? To be a leader you must be in a position in some form to have others to lead.

We looked at four of these lists to see if there were any traits that were common. We will talk about those that were common to these lists. On three of the lists, we found “honesty”. This was the only trait that was on three of the lists. On two lists, not necessarily the same two lists, we found “communication”, “focus”, “empathy”, “optimism”, and “confidence”.

After seeing these lists, we realize it’s not so far-fetched to get a list of 101 traits!