With TEDxChapmanU 2014 just around the corner, it's time to reinvigorate and inspire you with ideas worth spreading. The following five Ted Talks explore the key components to what makes a leader successful. From famous power figures that changed the world to a crazy dancing man that started a movement, leadership has many forms that we encounter on a daily basis.
Simon Sinek's talk on How great leaders inspire action is one shown in classrooms and workplaces all over the world. His simple, yet brilliant concept of the "Golden Circle" can be used for anything — from large organizations to individuals. He argues that people do not buy into what others do or say, but why they do it. If a message starts with values and meaning, the "how" and "what" will naturally fall into place. He references models such as Apple and the Wright Brothers who adopted this successful strategy.
Derek Silvers examines exactly How to start a movement in his Ted Talk — using the example of a lone man's actions turning into a massive dance party. A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed. While that is the first step to creating a movement, the most critical aspect is the first follower. Silvers argues that this follower is a leader himself - being the first to take the risk in trusting the leader.
Drew Dudley investigates everyday leadership in this compelling talk. So many times, people celebrate leadership for things that nobody else has done — groundbreaking, life-changing actions. Unfortunately, this tends to devalue everyday instances of leadership. Dudley encourages listeners to redefine leadership to when they change somebody's understanding of how powerful and important they are.
Italy Talgam uses successful conductors to illustrate powerful examples of leadership. Each of the seven video clips reveal a critical aspect from showing joy in one's work to treating others as equals. Leadership can take many forms and Talgam pinpoints them perfectly.
In David Logan's talk on Tribal leadership, he identifies five life stages that tribes (or groups) identify with in our society. From stage one (life sucks) to stage five (life is great), these tribes start as a negative influence but can move up to make a positive impact. The goal of a leader should be to speak to all of these levels and attempt to nudge tribes to the next stage. Logan's model is based off the notion that as people see the world, so they behave.