Management: Leading Wisely

TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections — supplemented by rich educational materials — for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Leading Wisely, speakers share powerful insights about leaders across a wide range of fields and domains who inspire great results from their teams. Great management in a turbulent global economy has never been so important. Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: Management Theory, Leadership Studies, Human Resource Management, Performance Measurement, Workforce Productivity, Business Communication, Organizational Psychology, and Business Coaching.

Learning outcomes

TED's Leading Wisely will enable learners to:

  • Understand how and why management theory and practice has changed since its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Understand the impact of leadership style on employee motivation and performance
  • Identify strategies that increase employees' self-efficacy and productivity
  • Identify common distractions in the workplace and create more efficient and productive work spaces
  • Explore strategies for creating and managing more open, collaborative networks of employees and contributors
  • Explore gender attitudes in the workplace, including messages that managers may be sending which impact the retention and job satisfaction of female employees
  • Identify when and how outside experts and consultants can benefit managers and organizations
  • Understand how managers and employees must work together to set boundaries that establish a healthy work-life balance; and
  • Explore a broad set of metrics that organizations can use to measure their success.

Relevant talks

Introductory essay

Begin Leading Wisely with a fascinating read that gives context and clarity to the material.

About the educator

TED Studies educator: Cary Cooper

Cary Cooper is the Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Lancaster and co-founder of the consulting firm Robertson-Cooper.

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