9 Must-Watch TED Talks On Leadership and Business

9 Must-Watch TED Talks On Leadership and Business
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


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9 Must-Watch TED Talks On Leadership and Business

Here’s a synopsis of the 9 must-watch TED talks on leadership and business.

1. The crisis of leadership — and a new way forward


Halla Tómasdóttir, Change catalyst
Bryn Freedman, Editorial director and curator, TED Institute

In this video, Halla stresses the need for structural changes in leadership roles within organizations to overcome the present leadership crisis, like being more equable in gender terms, accommodating people with diverse backgrounds and opinions, shunning the “I know it all, and therefore, have a fix for all problems” kind of attitude, plugging the generational gap and bringing on a refreshing leadership style that ensures the wellness of both humans and our planet.

2. How great leaders inspire action


Simon Sinek,  Leadership expert

Simon asserts in this video that great leaders are able to inspire action because they think from the inside out. It’s a simple idea, called the “Golden Circle”, i.e., “Why”, “How”, and “What”.

Such exemplary and intuitive leadership trait transcends the size of the company they are leading and is irrespective of their industry’s domain. 

3. How diversity makes teams more innovative


Rocío Lorenzo,  Management consultant, diversity researcher

To validate a growing belief that diverse companies are more innovative, Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies and found that the answer was a clear yes.

In this video, Lorenzo tells you how to build a better and more robust company by diving into the data and explaining that as you begin treating diversity as a competitive advantage, your company will start creating fresher and more creative ideas.

4. 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change


Jim Hemerling,  Organizational change expert

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting.

He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

5. What are you willing to give up to change the way we work?


Martin Danoesastro, Transformation expert

What does it take to build the fast, flexible, and creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert, Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: "What are you willing to give up?"

He shares lessons learned from companies on both sides of the innovation wave on how to structure your organization so that people at all levels are empowered to make fast decisions and respond to change.

6. 8 Lessons on building a company people enjoy working for


Patty McCord, Author, maven

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals.

But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.

7. Learning from leadership's missing manual


Fields Wicker-Miurin, Social entrepreneur 

Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing.

8. What it takes to be a great leader


Roselinde Torres, Leadership expert

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.

9. Globalization isn't declining — it's transforming


Arindam Bhattacharya, Globalization researcher

Today's headlines suggest that globalization is on the decline, but researcher Arindam Bhattacharya argues that it's not going extinct -- it's evolving. Old globalization was traditionally measured in goods traded.

New globalization, as Bhattacharya describes, can be measured in cross-border data flow (which by 2025 could be worth more than the world's exports combined). In other words, the world economy is far from dead -- it's growing.

Bhattacharya shares insights into this new normal and what it means for the world as we know it.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.