By Eboni Elise
If there is one thing I’ve been obsessed with for the past couple of years, it’s been leadership development. There is much conversation about the lack of women in leadership positions and what holds us back from breaking the glass ceiling. I’ve read countless books related to this topic but when I don’t have a lot of time to read, I LOVE watching TED Talks. If you’ve never seen or listened to one, Ted Talks are short videos where speakers share their ideas, usually based on their personal experience and/or research. All are less than 20 minutes and packed with great info that’ll make you have an aha! moment.
There are thousands of great Ted Talks but I recommend these 5 for women who have the desire to be successful in life, particularly in the workplace. Each talk below is given by a powerful female leader and has inspired me on my journey to the top. These valuable lessons have changed the the way I work with others and how I see myself. Hope you are inspired as well! Watch and let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
1. Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders - Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Sandburg, COO of Facebook, former VP of Global Online Sales & Operations at Google, and author of Lean In (btw, love her book!), speaks about keeping women in the workforce andwhat to do to stop holding ourselves back taking on leadership roles.
2. Color Blind or Color Brave - Mellody Hobson Mellody Hobson is a fierce powerhouse and is a Chi-town girl! If you don’t know her, google her. I’ll give you one tidbit. She is the president of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African-American owned money management companies. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in the work she is doing to ensure youth in our city have access to job opportunities. She’s inspiring and when she speaks, you know to listen and listen well. In this Ted Talk, she discusses how lack of diversity hinders growth in business and how leaders need to talk about the uncomfortable topic of race in the workplace. Watch as she begins her speech with a personal experience of being mistaken for “the help”.
3. The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get - Susan Colantuono Susan Colantuono is the CEO of Leading Women, a management consulting firm and author of No Ceiling, No Walls: What Women Haven't Been Told About Leadership. This Ted Talk is great for women in middle management who have done all the right things to position themselves for advancement but haven’t been able to get to the top. Here, she reveals what’s missing and how to close the gender gap.
4. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are - Amy Buddy Like mentioned in a previous blog post, perception is everything. This Ted Talk gave me an aha! moment. Amy Cuddy, social psychologist at Harvard, illustrates how body language influences peoples’ decision to hire or promote someone. Most importantly, she touches on how it indicates the way we see ourselves. Good stuff!
5. What It Takes To Be a Great Leader - Rosalinde Torres Rosalinde Torres is a partner at Boston Consulting Group and gives a great speech about what most leadership development programs lack. From her research, she shares 3 questions every leader should ask themselves in order to thrive in the 21st century.