I came across this little guy while searching for leadership videos at my day job.
He's Kid President. Kid President posts videos on YouTube. Videos about love and empowerment and empathy and happiness. Videos that will make you happy. But we'll get to that.
KP's real name is Robby Novak and he is 11 years old. Robby and his (much older) brother-in-law, Brad Montague, came up with the idea for Kid President simply because they thought it would be cool to speak to and listen to kids more. To help shape the way kids see the world and the way the world sees kids. (Read more about how Kid President got started here.)
Robby is the adopted son of David and Laurie Novak. Don't know David Novak? He was the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 restaurants across the world (think Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC). David is also the author of the best-selling leadership guide "Taking People with You." So, not a bad role model to have. David and Laurie adopted Robby and his sister Lexi in 2006. (Read more about their journey from fostering to adoption here.)
To complicate things even further, Robby also suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones brittle. According to CBS News, he has had more than 70 broken bones and 13 surgeries. He has steel rods in both legs.
So I'm sure you must be thinking at this point: what do you want with this little kid, you pervert?!
Well, I’ll tell you:
Kid President is a fearless, positive and outspoken character who teaches us about kindness, humility, leadership and responsibility -- all from the lens of an 11 year old boy.
He has a positive attitude even though he is afflicted with a painful and debilitating disease.
Oh and he's adorable.
Robby and Brad post these videos to help kids (and some adults too – present company included) see what power they have to affect their - and other people’s - lives.
The other thing that’s fabulous about KP? He has a reverence toward women that I think all kids (and adults) could learn from. It may be contrived, but it doesn’t come off as patronizing. It comes off as a boy recognizing that girls rock. Do we really need to have a boy tell us that girls rock? Well, no, but it doesn't hurt.
His message is simple: we are all in this together. We need to encourage and support one another. We need to empower boys and girls. We need to be thankful for what we have and appreciate the little things. We're all on the same team.
And of course, a little dancing here and there can’t hurt either.
As Kid President says:
"Love changes everything. So fill the world with it."