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 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 take 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 three-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 three seemingly ordinary people who are unexpectedly changing the world. 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 points out the failings of 20th-century institutional leadership training programs that still dominate today and outlines 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 workplace pecking order," by Margaret Heffernan.
Heffernan dispels myths about who are the best leaders and which role leaders take in successful teams. She shares the single most important act that will ensure every team's success. She teaches you how to build social capital and spend it wisely.
6. "Listen, learn... then lead," by Stanley McChrystal.
If there is one thing four-star General McChrystal understands about leadership, it's how to manage change. He has dealt with changes in warfare, technology, and even military culture while rising to the top of the ranks in the effort to keep our troops safe and effective. Learn from the former commander about how to stay agile amid the rigid and 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 a big impact. More impressive, you'll learn the best leadership happens when the leader hardly leads at all.