What does it mean to be a great leader? How do I become one? Do I display the qualities of a leader?
These are some of the questions that over the years I have been asking myself and even more so now that I am a college graduate. I have been fascinated by what allows some people to succeed as a leader and the characteristics that they possess that allows them to have influence. If you reflect in your life, who are the people who influence you? Who have been the mentors who helped to cultivate the career of your dreams or has pushed you past your comfort zone with unwavering support? Those are examples of leaders.
One thing I have learned for sure is that not everyone values the role they have as a leader by displaying more authoritative qualities instead. I have also learned that not everyone’s leadership style is effective. From people who I’ve gotten to know and work with, it has become apparent to me that a great leader is someone who has influence, who is confident yet humble, supportive, is always ready to teach, and always taking risks. They are not only looking out for themselves but are willing to lift others up with them.
I am a huge fan of TED talks! I find that no matter what the topic is, each speaker is so dynamic and inspiring. There is so much to learn from what others have experienced in their life, and I find it as an amazing free learning tool.
I found some great TED talks on the topic of leadership that address some of my questions on what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.
In this Ted talk with Roselinde Torres, she talks more about leadership in a business setting, however, I found it to still be of value for every day. She discusses three main questions to be answered in order to determine the effectiveness of leadership.
This talk dived into the dynamic topic of safety and how that translates into leadership.
Drew Dudley explains the role of paying it forward in what he calls the “lollipop moment.” The idea of paying it forward sounds so easy but do we seize that opportunity every day?
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy what you believe.” – Simon Sinek
Such a powerful concept!