6 Amazing Ted Talks on Leadership (Given by Women)

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Ted Talks on Leadership Given by Women

Women standing up for other women remains a crucial part of a healthy, productive, supportive work environment. We all have something to learn from each other and if we listen to those around us, we have the opportunity to develop ourselves not on a professional level but also on a personal level.

We wanted to share six of our absolute favorite Ted Talks on leadership. These Talks are given by incredible women – strong leaders, intelligent scientists, and authentic artists. We hope that you can listen and learn from them, continue your education for how to live confident, successful, and fulfilling lives.

Ted Talks on Leadership

Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan’s talk might be the most difficult for women to implement because when women openly disagree in the workplace, they are considered bossy. Men, in these same circumstances, are considered confident.

Heffernan explains how dissention leads to a strengthening of ideas. This is what happens when you are exposed to new concepts and inspiration, rather than just having your ideas resonate in an echo chamber.

Kelly McGonigal

Everyone experiences stress, but perhaps the way we perceive that stress impacts the way the stress impacts us.

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal cites a study, which shows that those who experienced high amounts of stress had a 43% increased risk of dying. However, those numbers were only that high if the stressed individual believe that the stress was harmful.

If we change the way we perceive stress, it could change the way we understand and handle that stress.

Reshma Saujami

Reshma Saujami’s talk is best explained by this quote: “Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We’re taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A’s. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off headfirst… In other words, we’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave.”

Watch to listen and learn more about what roadblocks come with the female experience.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, delves into the crisis of creativity and maintaining mental health.

Gilbert specifically talks about how people seem especially concerned about the mental health of artists and with good reason. Norman Mailer, in his last interview, just before he died, said, “Every one of my books has killed me a little more.”

Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett reframes confidence as a necessity for success, rather than a perk. She explains that “confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows. Confidence is the difference between being inspired and actually getting started, between trying and doing until it’s done.”

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams speaks out about her experience of being told she didn’t belong, because of the way she looked and the poverty she came from. She knew she had earned her place.

According to Abrams, the three steps to achieving your goals are these: “first know what you want. Second, know why you want it. But third, know how you’re going to get it done.”


Do you have any important lessons you’ve learned from the women around you? Have you watched Ted Talks on leadership that have impacted you? Or Ted Talks on any subject that have inspired you? List them in the comments below!

Emma Loggins Sprinkle
Published in Business, Featured Articles


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