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20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

I don’t usually post links to other blogs, on the assumption that you have plenty to read without me filling up your inbox. However, a recent email from one of our readers, Kaitlyn Cole, seemed worth sharing.

Kaitlyn has collected 20 talks from TED that are well worth watching. You can find these short videos on her blog here: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/20-essential-ted-talks-for-future-leaders .

If you are a fan of TED, you may have already seen some of these talks. However, if you are new to the TED, it may be worth your time to quickly look over this list of videos. I believe you will find at least one video that is well worth your time.

Thank you, Kaitlyn, for sharing this information with our readers.

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Sarah H. Baker

I love these, and I have a few to add to the list (maybe slightly more diverse, but some all leaders should watch):

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

My web browser won’t let me paste in the links, but you can type the name in the search at TED.com and the videos will pop up. They are truly amazing, inspiring, and important!


Jim Elliott

Thank you, Sarah. I think you have some really good suggestions. If it is OK with you, I will post your comment on the blog page – http://leadershipdiamond.blogspot.com/2012/02/20-essential-ted-talks-for-future.html – and add the links you have found. If you are looking for the links they should be in the comment section.

Here are the links I found:

For Ray Anderson – http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ray_anderson_on_the_business_logic_of_sustainability.html

For Paul Gilding:


For Ray Anderson:


Thanks again for the links. These are great.



Glad to see Nancy Duarte made the number one spot in this top 20 list. I had her story form shape tattooed on my arm last year. I heard through the grapevine that she’s using a photo of it in her Resonate training and webinars. 🙂

Tim Buchanan

I’ve been a fan of TED for a while now, I find it to be a great resource as well as inspirational. Thanks for posting this link, Jim.

Jim Elliott

Thanks Tim. Hope the TED presentations prove useful. It’s a great group. I wish I could attend some of their sessions. It would be an amazing experience.

Steven Ollek

This is great – and another plug, the TED Talks app for the iPad and iPhone is incredible. You can download favorites for offline viewing, which is a great perk on trips, airport waits, etc.

Jim Elliott

Hello Richard. You are most welcome. There is some pretty good stuff there.

I also like this one, but have not posted it anywhere yet.


I like what she says… “We won’t fix government until we fix citizenship.” (or something very close to that.)

Thanks for taking a look at the blog.