5 Best TED Talks about Leadership

Anyone can aspire to lead. But not many become great leaders. The best leaders, whether in the private or public sector, stand out not for single-handedly doing everything to achieve results but for their unique ability to steer people to accomplish feats towards a common goal. The opportunity to lead is there across different platforms – big or small. And leading is about stepping up to the challenge at any time if needed. If you are looking for ideas on how to lead effectively, here are some inspiring TED talks about leadership you might want to watch.

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

“If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow. And when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.”
To lead, you have to get people to follow. In this talk, Derek Sivers shows how a movement starts. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to have the guts to start something and for one or two people to follow before the movement snowballs.

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

Everyone gets an opportunity to make an impact, no matter how small, in other people’s lives every single day. Everyday leadership as Drew Dudley suggests is about “lollipop moments” or moments in life that can happen every day where you have somehow improved someone’s life.

Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors

Observing orchestra conductors can be a source of inspirations and lessons on leadership. If there is one thing we could all learn from a conductor it would be this: how to create harmony among those we lead without saying a single word.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Not many leaders are good at inspiring positive action from others. And the great ones seem to have mastered the art. So what is it that a leader needs to inspire action? Simon Sinek says it is about addressing the simple question of “why”. To get people’s buy-in and engagement, you have to make them see and understand the purpose whatever it is you are asking them to do.

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, Learn…Then Lead

The military has long been a breeding ground of leaders who excel not just in warfare but in life. In this talk, Stanley McChrystal shares the value of listening and learning in leading.

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