#019: How are you making a difference? [Podcast]

What does leadership really mean? How are you making a difference in the world? Can leadership be taught? These are just a few of the important questions that a student leader needs to think about.


In this episode of the Ninja Leaders Podcast I interview leadership trainer Drew Dudley. Drew has spent his life in student leadership. He is one of Canada’s most sought after leadership speakers. In this interview he challenges students to re-define their values and their purpose.


Here are a few essential points we cover:

  • How to elevate, not escalate
  • Leading beyond the double sided sheet of paper
  • Can leadership be taught?
  • The importance of planning to matter
  • You are the landlord of your head
  • The five steps we all face
        • The First Step
        • The Next Step
        • The Wrong Step
        • The Step Back
        • The Forward Step
  • How to identify and define your values

Success Quote

“When you don’t know what to do ask yourself what the person you want to be would do in this situation and do that.” 

Take Action Challenge

  • Ask your add value questions: Each day this week ask yourself these six questions to help you look at how you can add value to the world.
        • What have I done today to recognize someone else’s leadership?
        • What have I done today to make it more likely I will learn something?
        • What have I done today to make it more likely someone else will learn something ?
        • What positive thing have I said to someones face today?
        • What positive thing have I said about someone when they were not in the room today?
        • What have I done today to be good to myself?

Episode Resources

Website: Nuance Leadership

Twitter: @NuanceDrew

TEDx: Drew on TED

Videos: Drew on YouTube

Book: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Book: What’s Wrong with University: And How to Make It Work for You Anyway



  1. Speaking programs: Speaking programs have hit high gear. This week, I had 6 days of programs in a row and three more next week. Mostly, high and low ropes course training. I still have open days in June so if you are interested in a an officer retreat or leadership training you can send me an email, Nick@NickPalkowski.com
  2. If you have a question about student leadership or productivity send me an email, Nick@NickPalkowski.com or leave a message on our voicemail.

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