7 Short Must-See Leadership Videos


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As an Agile coach I’m interested in leadership. Also I like to watch a short video sometimes. Combined, this results in leadership videos. Here are 7 short leadership videos I’d say are must-sees:

Gary Hamel: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment

(direct link) Length: 17 min

How to build organizations that are ready for the future and fit for human beeings? Hamel’s answer is management innovations, e.g. reverse accountability. His provocative: employee first, customer second. This is a fast-paced talk about the future of management as Hamel sees it. Further reading: The Future of Management.

Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors

(direct link) Length: 21 min

Conductors lead musicians to awesome phonetic results. To achieve this they use quite different techniques, from strangling control to smiling ease. In his awesome talk, Talgam demonstrates six very different styles of (conductor) leadership.

Benjamin Zander: Music and Passion

(direct link) Length: 21 min
It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.It’s all about vision: Zander shows music and passion in his talk about music and passion.

Dan Pink: The Surprising Science of Motivation

(direct link) Length: 19 min
How to motivate people? Why is a bonus hindering the motivation of employees, why is autonomy boosting it? In this fascinating talk Pink describes how to foster intrinsic motivation. Further reading: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

(direct link) Length: 7 min

Ever heard about the Marshmallow Challenge, an experiment performed by teams? Wujec explains why one can have tons of insights about iterations, cross-functional teams and incentives by doing or observing the Marshmallow Challenge, and how teams and their leaders can benefit from those insights.

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

(direct link) Length: 15 min

This is Steve Jobs’ famous 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, where he told the graduates about three stories of his life. Those three stories are about life’s setbacks, e.g. death – and how to use them for your benefit.

David Logan: Tribal Leadership

(direct link) Length: 17 min

Here is the greatest challenge we face in innovation. It is moving from Stage Three [‘I am great!’] to Stage Four [‘We are great!’].” In his inspiring talk Logan explains the concepts of tribes, his five step approach with the fifth step “Life is great!“, and why leaders should connect people from different tribes.

Eric Lewis: Striking Chords to Rock The Jazz World

Bonus (direct link) Length: 11 min

Seen all of the videos above? You must be exhausted! Take a break by watching this video about chaos and melody.

Do you know other leadership videos out there? Please post your must-see leadership video in the comments. I have only 2 conditions:

  1. To you this leadership video is a must-see.
  2. It’s short, i.e. no longer than 30 minutes.
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