When I started my first company at the age of 25, I did not consider myself a leader. I was just a guy who needed to serve my clients.
But soon I was hiring people and had to figure out on my own how to be a good boss and business person. That was 25 years ago, before Ted and the Internet made expert learning fast and accessible.
Today, the most amazing experts are available in powerful short bursts that will be sure to increase your leadership capabilities quickly.
Each of these talks gives you a different — but important — perspective on leadership with immediate actions you can use today. Just tune in and be inspired by these seven short and amazing talks.
1. Everyday Leadership by Drew Dudley
Do you understand the daily impact of your actions on those around you? Dudley’s short story of his “lollipop moment” will help you put leadership in the proper perspective. He’ll help you become aware of the little moments that define leaders in big ways.
2. How to Start a Movement by Derek Sivers
In this 3-minute talk, Sivers demystifies how one person can inspire a crowd of followers. Ironically, the instigator is rarely the driver of the movement. Watch and learn the key factor that really getting things moving.
3. Learning from Leadership’s Missing Manual by Fields Wicker-Miurin
Wicker-Miurin eloquently shares the stories of 3 seemingly ordinary people who are now unexpectedly changing the world in big ways. The lessons from their improbable rise will inspire you to think of your own leadership value in terms of the legacy you’ll leave upon your community.
4. What It Takes to Be a Great Leader by Roselinde Torres
Torres quickly points out the failings of 20th century institutional leadership training programs still dominant today. Instead she provides the three most important questions each person must ask if they want to be a forward thinking leader in the 21st century.
5. Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work by Margaret Heffernan
Heffernan quickly dispels myths about who are the best leaders and the role that leaders take in successful teams. She shares the single most important act that will insure every team’s success. She’ll teach you how to build “social capital” and spend it wisely.
6. Listen, Learn… then Lead by Stanley McChrystal
If there is one thing 4-star General McChrystal understands about leadership it’s how to manage change. He has dealt with changes in warfare, technology, and even military culture. Yet, he still managed to rise to top of the ranks and keep our troops safe and effective. Learn from the former commander about how to stay agile among the rigid and the unexpected.
7. Lead Like the Great Conductors by Italy Talgam
Through videos of top conductors like Riccardo Muti and Leonard Bernstein, Talgam visually and musically illustrates the power and the subtlety of leadership and control. This fascinating video will show you how even the smallest expression can have the biggest impact. Even more, you’ll learn the best leadership happens when the leader hardly leads at all.