5 Must-Watch TED Talks on Leadership

Becoming a successful leader requires diligence, discipline and vision — and it doesn’t just happen overnight.

Whether you’re launching a startup or leading a student organization on campus, these 5 TED Talks on leadership will provide you with inspiration to become the best leader you can be.

 

EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP

In this talk, leadership educator Drew Dudley explains the need to redefine leadership as something that occurs in ordinary moments. Using a personal example from his own life, Dudley illustrates the impact one small moment can have on someone else’s life and why we need to remain aware of the potential of our simplest actions.

Our favorite quote: “My call to action today is that we need to get over our fear of how extraordinarily powerful we can be in each other’s lives.”

 

YOUR BODY LANGUAGE MAY SHAPE YOU WHO ARE

Confidence is an integral part of leadership, and in this talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy reveals a simple trick to instantly increase your self-assurance. Cuddy uses research from several studies to explain the effect body language can have on personal motivation and how you can use that to your advantage.

Our favorite quote: “Our bodies change our minds, our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”

 

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Life coach Tony Robbins discusses the power of influence by listing the six human needs that drive people’s actions and explaining how understanding the specific motives of those you lead can make you a more effective leader.

Our favorite quote: “To influence somebody, we need to know what already influences them.”

 

HOW TO START A MOVEMENT

Leaders dream of starting movements, but like entrepreneur Derek Sivers explains, a movement always begins with just a few people. In this talk, Sivers describes how an innovator’s first follower is the person that turns him into a leader, and why we should look to fill one of those roles.

Our favorite quote: “When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.”

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND SUCCEEDING

Famed college basketball coach John Wooden redefined success as being about more than flourishing professionally. His advice and anecdotes will inspire any leader to prioritize the positive impact they can have on other people’s lives.

Our favorite quote: “Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be. Your character is what you really are. And I think that character is much more important than what you are perceived to be.”

 

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