20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

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Online LearnerA recent and helpful post from OnlineUniversities.com on making good use of TED videos for Leadership training.

If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. Unfortunately, these kinds of skills often aren’t the sort of thing you’ll find being taught in your college courses, and may take some extra effort to learn and apply outside of your classes.

While there is little substitute for leadership experience through campus organizations, hearing from experts on psychology, leadership, and business can also be a big help in giving you a basic leadership education.

TED is one of the best places to find all of these diverse subjects in one place, and here we’ve collected some of the best videos for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

  • Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

    While they might have different messages, this talk will show you that great speeches all have something in common that makes them, well, great. Watch and listen to find out what you can do to make your own talks more powerful, motivational, and inspiring.

  • Seth Godin on standing out

    To be a leader, you can’t really blend into the background; you have to stand out. This talk from marketing guru Seth Godin discusses why standing out sometimes means being a little weird or bizarre and how that’s actually a good thing, even though we might not see it that way at first.

  • Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

    Simon Sinek, an expert on leadership, showcases a simple but effective model in this talk that can help show you how to be a more inspirational leader.

  • Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership’s “missing manual”

    Leadership doesn’t come with a handy user’s manual, and learning the ropes can take quite a bit of effort for those new to a leadership role. There are some guidelines just about anyone in a leadership position can look to for inspiration, however, and Fields Wicker-Miurin shares a few examples in this powerful talk.

See the rest of the list at OnlineUniversities.com