Many studies show that every employee should learn how to be a good leader. That’s because today, even more so than ever, you get to make decisions on situations that allow you to take your professional life into your own hands. While learning how to become a leader should be useful to you if you are planning on starting a business, I am pretty sure the leadership tips given by these influential TED speakers will come in handy, no matter what you choose to do in your career.
Here is a list of the most motivational TED talks that will help you become a great leader. Enjoy.
1. Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership
In this insightful talk, Drew Dudley, the leadership lecturer at the University of Toronto, explains what leadership is and explores how you can learn and practice this skill every day. As Dudley explains, everyone can be a leader to help other people become happier in their lives and as he says “leading with lollipops” is the most effective method.
2. Roselinde Torres: What it Takes to Be a Great Leader
Roselinde Torres asks you what it means to be a leader breaking down the traditional idea of someone who is seen as a leader. After having spent twenty-five years observing leaders, Torres knows what you need to become one. In this talk, she shares three simple but very important questions you should ask yourself if you want to succeed in your career.
3. Italy Talgam: Lead Like The Great Conductors
Orchestra conductor, Italy Talgam advises people how to become leaders by looking at what he does for a living. Essentially, he relates conducting to leadership, and he examines the challenge of leading a group of people with just a few hand gestures. Here, he talks about the different conducting styles he uses to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to lead.
4. Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement
Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, talks about the characteristics of great leaders that make them stand out from the crowd. Showing footage of a man who starts dancing on his own, he explains how someone – who may even be considered to be a ‘lone nut’ at first could end up starting his own movement.
5. Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
Management theorist Simon Sinek shares his own opinion on what it means to be a good leader. In this talk, he explains how leaders who make their employees feel safe and trusted can succeed in the long-run. Sinek also warns them about the consequences of their actions and the responsibility they have over their actions.
6. Stanley McChrystal: Listen, Learn Then Lead
Four-star General Stanley McChrystal has many things to say about leadership. Here, he talks about his experience in the army and presents his own findings on how to become a good leader. As he says, by listing, learning and addressing the possibility of failure you get to learn a lot about how you can be an effective leader.
7. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and one of the few female leaders in business, addresses the biggest question of all times. In an attempt to explain why not many women are leaders, she offers three valuable pieces of advice specifically for women who want to get a chief role in business.
8. Fred Swaniker: The Leaders Who Ruined Africa, And The Generation Who Can Fix it
Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership Network, shares his own experience of living in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Through this talk, he explores the role of leaders, and how their actions have the power to make or break a nation.
9. Tom Wujec: Build a Tower, Build a Team
Tom Wuject of Autodesk brings a simple team-building exercise, also known as the “marshmallow problem,” to the table that involves building a tower out of ingredients such as dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. With this exercise, Wuject tries to show how a surprising team with a good plan always beats the average and succeeds in doing great work.
10. Margaret Heffernan: Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work
Business leader, Margaret Heffernan explains why people should move beyond the pecking order at work and stop trying to compete with one another. Heffernan refers to a great example that challenges the notion of what helps people do their best and what it really means to be a leader.
After watching these inspiring TED talks, what does being a good leader mean to you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…