This weekend was one for the history books as women from around the world got together to march for woman’s rights. In the spirit of this weekend’s festivities, I wanted to write a post for all the current and aspiring girl bosses out there. As I shared in a post earlier this month, I’m focusing strongly on my personal development in 2017, and one of my goals as it relates to that initiative is to watch at least one TED Talk per week. In truth, I’ve been watching more like one per day and have started to fill previously mindless time (like while I’m eating breakfast) with TED Talks. I’m loving it so far, and I’ve already begun to create a bank of my favorites.
Here are five TED Talks for all the current and aspiring female leaders, from some pretty amazing women (and one man) with truly inspiring stories to tell:
1. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
While this talk came out in 2010, it’s still highly relevant in 2017. Hear from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as she looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
2. Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree
While this talk isn’t geared just toward women, it’s still a great one for female leaders on the topic of conflict. While most people instinctively avoid conflict, Margaret Heffernan shows us that good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates how the best partners aren’t echo chambers and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
3. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
I heard about social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s talk years before I actually (finally) watched it, and I can tell you from my own experience, what she suggests actually works! In this talk, you’ll learn how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
4. Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?
Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.
5. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Although I geared this post toward female leaders, I can’t write a post about leadership TED Talks without including one of my favorites by Simon Sinek. I actually had the pleasure to see Simon live, and was thoroughly impressed by the simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership, which he explains in this talk.
There are many more great TED Talk than just these five, so once you’re done with these, be sure to head over there to watch thousands more! Do you have a favorite TED talk I’ve missed? Add it to the comments below!