October 01 2015 0Comment


If you’re in need of leadership inspiration, but don’t have time to open the Jim Collins book you’ve been waiting to read or take that leadership development course you’ve had your eye on , TED lectures offer a crash course on how to lead and energize others. These talks are given by brilliant and respected thought leaders, who offer new and innovative ways to look at leadership. Listed below are the five TED talks that every leader should watch.


  1. Seth Godin: The Tribes We Lead – Seth Godin has been one of my favorite authors since he came out with Small is the New Big years ago. In this lecture, he offers a nuanced approach to leadership by giving a call to action to connect with your own tribe, giving you the power to create change.
  2. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do – I’m a big fan of Robbins,, and this lecture is great. With over 15 million views it is one of the most popular TED talks. A must see for every leader, Robbins helps us understand what motivates actions, and how to use that knowledge to become our best.
  3. Roselinde Torres: What it Takes to Be a Great Leader – Torres has made it her life’s mission to find out what makes great leaders tick, and shares what she has learned with us. The wisdom she shares resonates with me as it aligns with my research about how leaders can advance to the leading edge.
  4. Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement – At only 3 minutes long, you have time to watch this one for your daily dose of leadership inspiration right now! It’s quirky, funny, and will prepare you to start a movement of your own.
  5. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Sinek changed the way I think about the “why.” He shares valuable insight on why some people and organizations are more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others.


I encourage you to watch these inspiring speakers and see if they change the way you think about leadership. If so, you might consider sharing them with others and having conversations with your friends and colleagues about the subject matter. Lead on!