7 Must Watch TED Videos On Leadership

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Not all leaders are born or operate the same. In fact, some are just plain bad at what they do and how they inspire those around them.

Instead of “rallying the troops” they end up doing the opposite. Staff retention declines, morale drops, and the organization stops functioning the way it used to.

If you want to avoid that scenario it makes to understand how great leaders think. One way to do that is to start a mastermind group of your own, that consists of other executives and CEOs who are able to guide one another to prevent avoidable mistakes. Seeing how other CEOs operate can be helpful – you can’t copy their style word for word, but perhaps you can take the key lessons from each and incorporate them into your day.

As a result, we have put together a list of the must-watch TED videos on leadership.


How Great Leaders Inspire Action

In this video, Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust, and change. He uses powerful role models such as Martin Luther King and the Wright Brothers to highlight the model that inspirational leaders use, starting with the question “Why?”

Why We Have Few Women Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg is the COO at Facebook and one of the most respected leaders in Tech. She successfully took the social network from being a tool used by millions to a large and successful business generating billions of dollars in revenue, all while keeping the users happy and engaged.

In this video Sheryl talks about why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-Suite.

What It Takes To Be A Great Leader

Roselinde Torres from The Boston Consulting Group studies what makes great leaders tick, and then figures out how to teach other people the same skills. While there are plenty of leadership programs out there, Roselinde has dedicated her life to understanding the principles of leadership. She has spent 25 years observing truly great leaders at work and shares three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Author of “Start Why Why” and “Leaders Eat Last”, Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. In particular he outlines that a great leader is someone who makes their employees feel secure and who draws staffers into a circle of trust.

Tribal Leadership

According to David Logan, Professor of Management at the University of Southern California humans naturally form into five kinds of tribes. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies we can help lead each other and become better individuals.

Lead Like The Great Conductors

Itay Talagam forged out a decade long career as a conductor in his native Israel. He then reinvested himself into a “conductor of people”, in government, academia, business and educator and authored the book, “The Ignorant Maestro”.

In this video Itay outlines who a conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. He demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th century conductors and illustrates how they provide lessons for all leaders.

5 Ways To Lead In An Ear Of Constant Change

The Boston Consulting Group’s Jim Hemerling practices smart ways to deal with, and even grow from, the unavoidable and accelerating transformations taking place at work.

In particular, Jim believes that adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting and outlines five imperatives centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

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Paul Towers is a 3x Entrepreneur and Founder of Task Pigeon. Join me on my journey to build an open & transparent startup from day one. Paul is also the founder of Startup Soda, a newsletter curating the best content from the Australian startup ecosystem.