Based on his TEDx talk "Everyday Leadership (the Lollipop Moment)" -- voted one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time -- This Is Day One is leadership expert Drew Dudley's guide to cultivating the behaviors that will help you to succeed and empower those around you.
If you're intimidated by the mystique surrounding leadership, this book is for you. Dudley simplifies leadership without denying its complexity, demonstrating that leadership in all its forms begins at the same clear and accessible place for everyone: what he calls "Day One."
Day One is when you discover, define, and start to consistently deliver on your foundational leadership values. Living that day over and over is what creates leaders, and Dudley provides the key tools necessary to craft and commit to your own personal Day One, including:
A step-by-step process designed to surface your core leadership values and embed them into your daily behaviorA roadmap to behavioral changes proven to increase commitment, pride, productivity, and happiness
Insights into key leadership values that drive performance and impact
Sharing the process that led him through battles with alcohol, obesity, and personal tragedy, Dudley shows you how to develop a relentless commitment to the daily behaviors that will make you a better executive, coach, or teacher, and how you can inspire others to do the same.
Most of the leadership on the planet comes from people who don't see themselves as leaders. This Is Day One shows you how to start changing that. Through the insights of leaders of all types -- CEOs, elite athletes, cab drivers, custodians, and everyone in between -- Dudley helps you understand what your Day One needs to look like, reminds you why you're a leader, and makes clear what you can do about it--starting today, on Day One.
The TEDx talk "Everyday Leadership" fails to make the leap to a book in this disappointing debut from Dudley, founder of Day One Leadership. Billed as a "leadership starter kit," the book stresses that readers need to unlearn the lesson that leaders must be like Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs. Taking a note from his handbook of substance abuse recovery, Dudley urges readers to recommit themselves to their careers daily and to draw up "a list of behaviors that will generate positive moments of impact, courage, empowerment, growth and self-respect." His chatty direction on identifying key values is entertaining enough, but can be boiled down to a single sentence: make one's commitment to leadership a daily habit. Coupled with the disproportionate amount of space given to his own journey, this approach results in a book that feels most like an exercise in brand extension. In the most off-putting passage, he represents a sophomoric joke from his college days as "the greatest moment of leadership in my life." By the end of this book, readers will be left wondering whether good judgment and leadership necessarily go hand in hand.