Leading is a difficult job, and everyone leads differently. Leaders are responsible for teams of people and need to be able to assist them in many ways, from answering questions to giving advice and often helping them get out of sticky situations. Constant improvement is a must when being a leader, as there will always be new obstacles to tackle. Here are a few TED talks by great leaders that might help you out.
Itay Talgam is a conductor and business consultant with over 10 years of experience leading a group of musicians. In this TED talk, Itay discusses six well-known conductors and why leaders should be more like conductors. Itay explains how musical leaders are able to evoke great emotion from their musicians, and how they do so without saying a word. Itay’s talk includes important lessons that any leader can make use of if they’re looking to improve their abilities.
Simon Sinek is all about taking action. Sinek is the author of Start With Why: How Great Leader Inspire Everyone to Take Action and in both his book and this talk he shares a model that teaches how to become an inspirational leader. Sinek’s method is easier than you might think and starts with simply asking “why” some of the best leaders are as great as they are, using examples such as Apple or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in order to show why it works.
In this talk, Tom Wujec introduces something known as the “marshmallow challenge”. Wujec’s exercise has groups compete to build the tallest freestanding structure they can while only using dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow, believing that this competition can create fresh ideas between teammates and can help build rapport with one another. Beyond the marshmallow challenge, Tom Wujec shares other ideas in his book Five-Star Mind: Games and Puzzles to Stimulate Your Creativity and Imagination that can also be used to brainstorm new ideas.
Drew Dudley is a leadership development coordinator at the University of Toronto, Scarborough as well as the founder of Nuance Leadership Development Services. Dudley believes that leadership can be defined as helping others make their lives better with a personal impact. He calls this personal impact a “lollipop moment” and uses this TED talk to explain how it can help everyone become more effective leaders.