Drew Dudley has asked that question to hundreds of organizations around the world. Fewer than 1% of them have had half of their audiences raise their hands. That’s a problem Drew aims to solve through his presentations and engagements.
When people are empowered as leaders they make better, faster decisions. They collaborate more effectively and they’re far less likely to leave your organization.
Audiences leave Drew Dudley’s keynotes believing they’re leaders. More importantly, they leave with a clear roadmap to how to act like leaders. Drew presents a form of leadership to which everyone can aspire and an actionable, practical process that shares insights linked to higher levels of pride, productivity and happiness at every level of an organization.
Drew’s new Roadmap to Impact Presentation Collection is the engine for helping your audience to behave more impactfully every day. In addition to two core presentations that help individuals to identify, define, and evaluate their daily leadership behaviors, Drew offers four supplementary presentations that will guide your audience in socializing these values in the face of change, uncertainty, failure, and conflict.
Each presentation can stand alone or serve as part of an integrated series. Choose a single keynote that provides your audience with the quickest route to recognizing and living their leadership, or identify a series of interconnected presentations that help your audience navigate the various opportunities and challenges they’ll face in their daily leadership.
Somewhere around the middle of his undergraduate education, Drew realized engaging with the world was a lot more fun than writing papers about it.
While still a student he became heavily involved in Canada’s largest post-secondary charitable initiative in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, eventually serving as the National Chair of the organization. As he moved into his career, he took on the challenge of creating and building the Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto, which became the largest and most dynamic in the country.
It was those leadership students who changed the course of Drew’s professional life: they secretly organized a campaign to put him onstage at TEDxToronto 2010, where he delivered a talk that would go on to generate more than 5 million views around the web. A high-achieving lifestyle took its toll however: undiagnosed bipolar disorder set the foundation for binge eating and drinking, and Drew grew to over 300 pounds while struggling with the emotional challenges of a career that kept him on the road 250 days a year.
Drew credits the Day One process with saving his life —he began applying the process to improving his mental and physical health. Recognizing how many people were struggling silently with similar battles, Drew began infusing these experiences into his keynotes, hoping to remind people that their scars in no way stand in the way of their leadership.
In 2018, Drew shared both his story and the Day One process in his first book This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters. Today, Drew continues to travel the world sharing the Day One process with organizations of all kinds—aiming to redefine leadership for as many people as possible.
- The Leadership Test: Six Questions that Transform People and Organizations
This session focuses on empowering individuals at all levels of an organization to call themselves leaders. In this engaging and story-driven keynote, Drew shows audiences how to be more conscious and consistent in creating powerful moments of everyday leadership.
Drew demonstrates that there is a form of leadership that is driven by a daily commitment to acting on six core values: impact, courage, growth, empowerment, class, and self-respect. “The Leadership Test” is a series of value-driving questions designed to ensure that commitment, and while the questions may be simple, the behavioural changes they generate build better careers, stronger organizations, and more fulfilling lives.
Sharing stories from small town Canada to the deserts of Qatar, and insights from leaders of all types--CEOs, elite athletes, cab drivers, custodians, and everyone in between—this presentation will change the way you think about leadership in your life, workplace, and community.
- The is Day One: Creating Cultures of Leadership
Nothing plays a more significant role in determining priorities and behaviour within an organization than its culture. In this practical and process-oriented keynote, Drew shares a systematic approach to creating a culture of leadership at every level of the organization.
Targeted to more seasoned leaders and “culture creators” within an organization, this presentation guides audiences in the discovery of their personal leadership values and demonstrates how those values can be translated into daily behaviors. Audiences will gain clarity on how those being more purposeful about their daily impact score over 100% higher on measures of overall leadership effectiveness and trust.
Honest, engaging, and above all useful, this presentation will help your audience to understand what their Day One needs to look like, remind them why they’re a leader, and make clear what they can do to be a better one - today, and every day.
- Courage: Leadership Impact in Action
Navigating change has always been important for businesses, but the last two years have demanded an unprecedented amount of change from both organizations and the people within them.
Acknowledging that our instinct is often to equate change with the possibility of loss, Courage: Leadership Impact in Action aims to help audiences reinforce their ability to act with impact and courage in times of uncertainty.
Drew will provide audiences with practical strategies for embedding courage in their daily actions and embracing the idea it’s more important to be decisive than certain as a leader.
If you’re looking for a presentation that provides your audience with the insights necessary to make positive, momentum-building decisions when our instincts tell us to “wait and see,” this presentation is an ideal choice.
- Impact & Class: Elevate, Don’t Escalate
Things can be a little…tense right now. Pandemic fatigue, social and political tension, and economic uncertainty have a lot of us on edge. It can be hard to maintain focus, particularly when dealing with aspects of other people’s behaviour that we find annoying. This presentation provides the strategies necessary to remain committed to living with impact and class when circumstances make those values hard to prioritize.
In Elevate Don’t Escalate: Leading with Impact and Living with Class, Drew identifies—and offers solutions to—some of the most common sources of interpersonal and organizational conflict. These include a solution-focused approach to problem-solving, how to effectively address the role fear plays in conflict, and a simple trick for avoiding the most frustrating aspects of email communication. Each strategy reinforces the importance of elevating (seeking solutions) over escalating (attempting to win) in ensuring organizational success.
If you’ve ever sworn at your computer because of an email or find your fists balling up thinking about a co-worker, this presentation will provide you with tips that help save careers and relationships.
- Growth & Empowerment: Leading Beyond and Economy of Scarcity
The term “add value” can either be an empty buzz term or the two most important words in leadership. This presentation focuses on how to make sure it’s the latter.
In Growth & Empowerment: Leading Beyond an Economy of Scarcity, Drew aims to dispel the notion that leadership is exclusively reserved for those willing to do whatever it takes to outmaneuver and outperform their peers. Instead, he challenges the notion that acting selflessly is a sign of professional weakness that will hinder career advancement by demonstrating the personal and organizational benefits of focusing less on becoming a high performer and more on becoming an indispensable teammate.
A practical lesson in how to create and sustain a culture of collaboration, this presentation will reinforce the power of supporting others in reaching their goals.
- Self-Respect: The Foundation of Leadership
In 2010, fresh off delivering his memorable TEDx talk “Leading with Lollipops”, Drew was struggling to maintain his well-being. Despite inspiring audiences worldwide to embrace the practice of everyday leadership, undiagnosed bi-polar disorder, alcohol addiction and compulsive eating were taking their toll on his mental and physical health.
In Self-Respect: The Foundation of Leadership, Drew shares the strategies he used to more effectively prioritize self-respect in his daily leadership routine, and reminds the audience that leadership growth only occurs when we recognize that a gap exists between the people we want to be and how we are behaving. Through powerful stories that recognize the difficult parts of life and work with humour and compassion, this presentation will provide strategies on how to close that gap each day.
Easily Drew’s most personal presentation, this keynote is an ideal choice for audiences feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. If you believe your audience could benefit from being reminded that they are not alone in their frustrations and fears; and that taking care of themselves is an essential part of serving others, this presentation is a great addition to your agenda.