Ideas & Inspiration

9 TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Leader


1. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Sinek, author of “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” shares a simple model on how to become an inspirational leader: Start with a circle and start with “Why?” Sinek uses examples such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Apple to illustrate why this is effective. Ted talk link

2. Roselinde Torres: What It Takes to Be a Great Leader

After spending 25 years observing leaders in action, Roselinde Torres shares the three most important questions that every aspiring leader needs to ask if he or she wants to succeed. Ted talk link

3. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

If you’ve been using the traditional reward systems to motivate team members, then you’ve been doing it all wrong. Career analyst Dan Pink describes what really motivates people, which starts with illuminating stories. Ted talk link

4. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Psychologist and CEO of Good Think Inc. Shawn Achor explains why it’s backwards for us to spend our lives working in order to be happy. Instead, we should be happy first, which in turn will increase productivity and make us more successful. Ted talk link

5. Richard St. John: 8 Secrets of Success

Marketer, analyst and author of the bestselling book “8 to Be Great” condenses a two-hour speech into a three-and-half-minute talk that quickly unveils the real secrets to success. Ted talk link

6. Yves Morieux: As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify

Yves Morieux is a senior partner at BCG. In this speech, he explains why so many people are unhappy and disengaged in the workplace. To change that, Yves presents six simple rules that leaders should use to increase engagement. Ted talk link

7. John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden shares the advice and values that he passed onto his players at UCLA. One of the most important lessons he taught is that success is more than just winning. Ted talk link

8. Stanley McChrystal: Listen, Learn…Then Lead

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares some of the most important lessons he learned about leadership during his military career. They include being able to listen to others so that you can learn and lead a diverse group toward a common goal. Ted talk link

9. Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit

Angela Lee Duckworth left her consulting job to teach seventh grade at a New York City public school. She discovered that the most successful students have grit, not intelligence. In this speech, Duckworth describes why self-control, perseverance and interest in long-term goals are so important. Ted talk link

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