Below are a selection of my favourite Ted Talks for anyone stepping into the privilege of leadership. I hope you find these a useful resource and to share with others. I imagine a world where we hold ourselves accountable to creating environments where everybody matters and has the opportunity to shine.
Everybody Matters – The privilege of Leadership – Bob Chapman
Robert Chapman is chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a $3billion global manufacturer of capital equipment and provider of engineering consulting. Under Chapman’s leadership, Barry-Wehmiller has used strategic acquisitions and organic growth to achieve a 20% compound growth rate during the past 20 years. At the heart of its successful economic model, however, are more than 12000 outstanding team members worldwide. The company prides itself and is fiercely committed to building great people through its distinctive people-centric leadership initiatives; Truly Human Leadership. They define their success by the way they touch the lives of people.
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
Your body language shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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