- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (August 21, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316523073
- ISBN-13: 978-0316523073
- ASIN: 0316523070
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters Hardcover – August 21, 2018
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"I have a problem with most leadership books. They scream from mountaintops. They quote superstars. And the authors play the role of preacher on a pedestal. But Drew Dudley is different. The pedestal has been kicked away. The superstars replaced by everyday people. And what shines through? The magical wisdom of life-changing stories on how we can be better people and live better lives. This isn't a why book. It's a how book. You already know leadership matters. Now here's how to do it."
―Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
"Everything you thought you knew about leadership could be wrong...[This Is Day One] demonstrat[es] that leadership can be found inside all of us."―Forbes.com
"Drew Dudley is one of the greatest leadership experts of our time. If ou care about accomplishing your goals and unleashing your fullest potential, this book is written for you. Dudley provides true stories, genuine insights, and clear strategies that will allow you to reach new levels of success and impact. Whether you're a CEO or recent graduate, you'll uncover incredible lessons that could transform your life."
―Shane Feldman, CEO, Count Me In
"If you're looking for a refreshing and new take on leadership, look no further than This Is Day One. It provides the reader with opportunities to implement its systems in everyday situations--from your interactions with a barista at your coffee shop to a meeting with your CEO. Dudley provides the reader with easy-to-understand stories, offering us tools we can adopt immediately. I recommend this book to everyone, from those just starting out their career to those in the C-suite."
―Melody Khodaverdian, VP Partnerships, Forbes
"This book is a game-changer. Drew Dudley cuts through the noise and explains what leadership really should be. This thought-provoking stories and candor will change the way you view your leadership, life, career, and relationships. Whether you're leading an executive team to an IPO or an elementary school class to pursue their dreams, This Is Day One will guide you through a leadership framework you can use to change your life forever."
―Derrick Fung, CEO, Drop Technologies, Inc.
"This Is Day One is a gem a book! Not only does Drew Dudley show us how we are all leaders in our own way, he outlines how to help ourselves and others recognize and operationalize leadership abilities. Most importantly, Dudley shows us how, in a few steps, we can make this world a much better place in which to live. This Is Day One is interesting, profoundly thoughtful, chock full of personal stories, and, above all, a pleasure to read. It will change you forever."
―Major General Erika Steuterman, USAF (retired)
"A deeply personal and inspiring guide for how to live and lead in a whole-hearted way. Drew Dudley offers practical but profound advice on how to live our best lives. He speaks to the emotional courage and honesty required to live in a meaningful way and to bring out the best in others."
―Annie Simpson, assistant director, Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, University of Toronto
"After three decades spent in the fitness and franchise industry, I've had a courtside seat to personal leadership, and Drew Dudley has provided the blueprint in This Is Day One. Whether it's your business, your family, or your health, you can't lead others until you lead yourself. Start building a better life right now by reading this book on your Day One!"
―Chuck Runyon, CEO, Self-Esteem Brands: Anytime Fitness & Waxing in the City
"Drew has a talent for making leadership accessible to everyone. His writing leaves you feeling empowered to lead in the simple moments by using personal strengths and values to navigate the spaces where you live and work. The relatable stories and insightful leadership lessons throughout This Is Day One make it a pleasure to read. It would be a perfect addition to any personal, educational, or organizational leadership curriculum."
―Dr. Amy C. Barnes, senior lecturer, Higher Education and Student Affairs, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
"This Is Day One focuses on the leaders within each of us and reminds us that each interaction, each accomplishment, and each day is paramount in growing as a leader, both now and in the future. Drew Dudley provides the essential steps to not bask in the virtues of a chosen few elite leaders but rather celebrate the influence and impact each person has as a leader--today! A must-read for those looking for how to lead in a way that inspires hope and change."
―Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Tay,lor Leadership Institute, University of North Florida
About the Author
Drew Dudley's TEDx talk "Everyday Leadership" has been viewed close to five million times and praised by Time, Business Insider, and Inc. magazine. Dudley is the founder of Day One Leadership, where he works with individuals and organizations around the world to unlock their leadership potential.
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The title of this book refers to a finite period of time. "How do you choose to become a leader? You make that choice with your actions -- the behaviors you make nonnegotiable each day. This book will help you choose the right behaviors for you; the ones that will make you feel and act like a leader. They will be unique to you because they are intended to narrow the gap between the person you want to be and how you actually behaved each day...Only your behaviors are within your control and the biggest determinant of how others feel about you and how you feel about yourself is how you behave on a day-to-day basis...Develop a relentless commitment to specific daily leadership behaviors and you're living life as a leader."
Warren Bennis once observed, "Leaders are both who they are and what they do."
Moreover, "your commitment should be to act as a leader for a single day: Day One. Then treat every day as if it's Day One: with a renewed commitment to your most important leadership behaviors." CEOs at GE select their successors. Reginald Jones selected Jack Welch in 1981. For the next 20 years, Welch became the very best CEO that he could be. He learned much of value from Jones and others but he had no role model. For better or worse, Welch was one-of-a-kind. Dudley wrote this book (based on his TEDx Talk, "Everyday Leadership") to help each person who reads this book to become one-of-a-kind, also. That said, Margaret Mead reminds us, "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
All organizations need effective leaders at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise. No organization has ever had too many such leaders. Few become a CEO or a C-level executive. However, all can accelerate their personal growth and professional development...one day at a time.
Drew Dudley's key points are at least as relevant to individuals as they are to organizations, if not even more so. For example, there is much to be said for living each day as if it were one's last. Don't be a collector of IOUs from missed opportunities to nourish your relationships with family members and friends or to provide assistance to total strangers. Embrace every opportunity to strengthen someone else's leadership capabilities. Each day is a precious gift, best viewed as the first day of what remains of your life.
Worth repeating: "Treat every day like it's Day One. Doing so will help you forgive yourself for missteps, avoid being too full of yourself when you've got momentum, and ensure that every day you do the foundational things necessary for log-term success."
If not now, when?
Every day that we wake up, we are given a new opportunity to make a real positive impact in someone's life. Sometimes, we don't even realize that we have done it. Drew's famous TedTalk perfectly illustrates an example of this during what he called a "lollipop moment". If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend that you look it up. It is only a couple minutes long.
In This is Day One, Drew uses his own struggles and personal interactions with some very colorful characters to teach what he has learned about leadership. He shares raw moments that helped shape the leadership philosophy that he uses today. To me, testimonies and anecdotes make for the best teachable lessons. This book is different from other leadership books in that it acknowledges leaders right where they are. We all make mistakes but we get to learn from them and apply what we learned each new day. Being a great leader means helping others succeed. You can do that by simple acts of kindness every day.
I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this book or download it to listen to in the car or on the mower. Once you do, tomorrow will look different to you. I promise.
By the way, if you took the time to read this, I want to say "Thank you! You are awesome! Now go make someone smile!"