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How to be a great leader

What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.

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  1. 18:04
    Simon Sinek How great leaders inspire action

    Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

  2. 16:35
    Fields Wicker-Miurin Learning from leadership's missing manual

    Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.

  3. 20:51
    Itay Talgam Lead like the great conductors

    An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.

  4. 6:14
    Drew Dudley Everyday leadership

    We have all changed someone's life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.

  5. 9:19
    Roselinde Torres What it takes to be a great leader

    The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

  6. 18:07
    Tim Harford Trial, error and the God complex

    Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

  7. 16:39
    David Logan Tribal leadership

    David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form — in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

  8. 15:38
    Stanley McChrystal Listen, learn ... then lead

    Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.

  9. 17:48
    Jacqueline Novogratz Inspiring a life of immersion

    We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" — people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

  10. 3:09
    Derek Sivers How to start a movement

    With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

  11. 14:58
    Sheryl Sandberg Why we have too few women leaders

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

  12. 17:36
    John Wooden The difference between winning and succeeding

    With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.