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Full of knowledge, wisdom, and bright new ideas, TED talks are the fast track to professional development and are sure to change the way you work and think. For leaders, there are five talks in particular that should be mandatory. For some inspiring, game-changing motivation for leaders, check out these five TED talks we love.

  1. Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

In this upbeat, hilarious talk, Dan Pink opens leaders’ eyes to a new understanding of motivation. Discarding traditional incentives such as bonuses, Pink picks apart businesses’ least effective strategies for motivating employees and suggests some surprising alternatives.

  1. Drew Dudley – Everyday Leadership

Drew Dudley explores our hidden impact on those around us through an intriguing personal story. Everyday leadership is more valuable than we might think. If you need a quick coaching session on how to get out there and lead your team, this is a great talk for you.

  1. David Grady – How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) from Bad Meetings

Learn about the worldwide phenomenon of bad meetings and David Grady’s proposal to solve it. By taking ownership of our time and respecting others’ time, we can move forward towards happier work lives.

  1. Margaret Heffernan – Forget the Pecking Order at Work

Margaret Heffernan shares a wealth of information from studies and personal experience about what makes teams and companies successful. Encouraging a focus on people, who make up the companies, she opens up a myriad of possibilities for leaders to improve their teams and results.

  1. Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Gain perspective and a greater understanding of leadership culture, how it began, and what it means to us as people. Simon Sinek’s talk is intriguing and offers helpful, actionable points to improve leadership skills.

Author: Lauren McMurray, StratIQ Consulting
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