We all have people we look up to. We also try to emulate these people and behave as leaders ourselves. At the end of the day, what can you do to make yourself a better leader? Take a look at the following TED Talks that will teach you not only how to be someone who inspires others, but will also challenge you to think about what a leader really is.
1. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
There is a monumental difference between leaders and those who lead. In his demonstration, Simon Sinek draws the Golden Circle and explains why people don’t buy what you do, but rather why you do it. The key to this is leading to inspire.
2. Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors
What better example of a leader is there than the conductor of an orchestra? Itay Talgam illustrates a variety of leadership styles using different examples of conductors. From uptight, egocentric performers who treat orchestra members as instruments rather than people, to conductors that hand over the reins of control completely to the orchestra, this humorous presentation can teach you a lot about your own leadership style.
3. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
In this TED Talk, Sheryl Sandberg gives a rousing speech on the lack of women leaders in the workforce. She offers three valuable pieces of advice for women to follow: sit at the table, make your partner a real partner, and don’t leave before you leave.
4. Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership
Leadership doesn’t have to be a huge production with monumental effects. Sometimes, the biggest impacts stem from the little things. Drew Dudley tells a short but sweet tale of how one simple act from him changed someone’s life forever – and he doesn’t even remember it!
5. Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement
In this final TED Talk of our leadership series, Derek Sivers makes the surprising observation that the spotlight shouldn’t always shine on the leader, but rather on the first follower. The first follower is the one who turns the “lone nut” into the leader and catalyzes the movement.
Hopefully, these TED Talk videos taught you a thing or two about leadership and inspired you to empower others to live up to their own potential!
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