TED Talks are fun, educative and interesting. Leading people can be, uh, not so fun and interesting, sometimes.
To reconcile this, here are five phenomenal TED Talks that are not only delightful to watch, but will help you prepare to be the next best leader.
1. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org.
Watch her take a look at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
2. Lars Sudmann
Lars Sudmann is a leadership advisor and award-winning lecturer. He studies and researches what makes the most advanced organizations and leaders successful – and then he shares that knowledge with the world. He has had a business career of more than 10 years in management and finance with Procter & Gamble, e.g. as the Chief Financial Officer of Belgium, and he has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.
In this funny and invigorating talk Lars walks us through the personal journeys of great leaders, shows lessons from the golden age of leadership and shares 3 strategies on self-leadership to develop yourself into a “Utopia leader”.
3. Angela Hucles
Angela Hucles is President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and regular speaker on topics of sports leadership, equality, inclusion & safe spaces, anti-bullying, and the power of sport and its impact on personal growth and development. She is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.
Here, Angela, two-time Olympic gold medalist, reveals why the special qualities introverts contribute to teams is invaluable for success.
4. Donte Quinine
Donte Quinine is an enthusiastic advisor, teacher, and mentor determined to inspire and encourage his students to reach their full potential. He holds a BA in Education from the University of Oregon and a MA in Leadership from Gonzaga.
Watch Donte talk about the new school leader.
5. Roselinde Torres
Roselinde Torres is a senior leader in the People & Organization practice at The Boston Consulting Group and has served as the first global head of BCG’s leadership topic. In addition, she has been a member of the firm’s Americas Leadership team.
In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.
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