5 TED Talks to Transform You into a Great Leader

A business is nothing without its people. This is something IA firmly believes (it’s the basis of why we exist!). But it’s not just about filling your office with great workers – you also need great leaders!

These TED talks are all focused around what makes an exceptional leader. It’s not something you simply acquire once you ascend up the tears of management. Fortunately, it is something that can be learnt from understanding what it is that makes people follow you.

Watch these TED Talks to hone in those skills!

#1 – Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek is a Columbia University professor, researcher of leadership practices, and a ridiculously engaging speaker. In this talk, he asks why certain people lead, and others do not. He presents a concept of the “Golden Circle” which he popularised in his book. The concept is a really amazing one, backed by biological and neurological science. The biggest question he feels leaders, particularly in business, need to answer is why. If you have a cause that answers the question why, people can believe in it. If people believe in the cause, then you have a team dedicated to do anything in order to achieve company goals. Listen further to Sinek’s brilliance below.

#2 – Simon Sinek (Part II!): Why good leaders make you feel safe

Sinek gets a second mention because the man is really at the forefront of his field. This second talk is inspired by heroic actions by soldiers during battle. What makes a man sacrifice himself for the good of his team? According to Sinek, this is not just a quality of soldiers in the field. If you create the right environment, and more importantly – if you provide the right cause – anyone can demonstrate these qualities. He discusses creating trust and cooperation, and again, presents a conceptual arguments in an accessible and applicable way. 

#3 – Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

In her talk, the Boston Consulting Group’s Torres discusses what makes a great leader in the modern world. She has spent her career studying what makes a great leader tick, and developing programs on leadership according to her findings. In this talk, she addresses one of the largest problems with the way we think about leadership. Rather than coming up with models of leadership according to the world that is, or the possible future, we are embedded in the past. Relying on traditional practices, she stresses, will stunt your growth as a leader.

#4 – Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

Leadership skills grow in many different disciplines, and can be applied across a range of practices. Talgam is neither a leadership expert or Colombia professor, but he has a complex understanding of leadership practices worth knowing. He has to face one of the greatest challenges: creating complete harmony without saying a single word (a feet few bosses have mastered). In his talk, he discusses the conducting styles of six 20th-century masters, in order to give great insights in leading a crowd.

#5 – Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Reward and punishment is inherent in all levels of business. Do well? Get a promotion! Screw up? Hello indefinite, unpaid holiday… But what if this method of motivating good workers, is actually a hindrance to getting the best results? Former Al Gore speechwriter Dan Pink reveals in this talk, that one of the most robust findings in social science, is also one of the most ignored. Incentives dull thinking and blocks creativity. Listen below to the new intrinsic approach that businesses can use. 

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