Everyone needs inspiration. Even leaders. Here are 5 of our favorite Ted Talks that center around inspiring leaders.
In a short three minutes, Derek Sivers discusses the power of courage, and the necessity of following, in a world that can over-glorify leadership, with his crucial point being “If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow. And when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.” Derek is best known for his writing and his entrepreneurial pursuits–such as CD Baby.
The Puzzle of Motivation
Through one of his most popular talks, Dan Pink discusses the power of building intrinsic rewards and motivation and creating “the desire to do things because they matter because we like it, they’re interesting, or part of something important. And to my mind, that new operating system for our businesses revolves around three elements: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. These are the building blocks of an entirely new operating system for our businesses.” Dan is a journalist and the author of six books about business and human behavior, four of which have been New York Times bestsellers.
Astro Teller, the head of X, formerly known as Google X, discusses the power of risk-taking, innovation, and creativity – and how allowing employees the space to take risks can lead to breakthroughs. After describing some of X’s discoveries, Teller says, “The only way to get people to work on big, risky things — audacious ideas — and have them run at all the hardest parts of the problem first, is if you make that the path of least resistance for them.”
Roselinde Torres a senior partner and managing director at BCG, a management consulting firm, shares key learning after 25 years in business, with two of her guiding questions being “Why are the leadership gaps widening when there’s so much more investment in leadership development? And what are the great leaders doing distinctly different to thrive and grow?”
In a discussion about the role of progress and purpose in our work, Dan Ariely, author and Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, leaves us with the following: “When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc. The good news is that if we added all of those components and thought about them — how do we create our meaning, pride, motivation, and how do we do it in our workplace, and for the employees — I think we could get people to be both more productive and happier.”
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