Leading With Civility

Published on July 18, 2015

Encouraging a trusting and cooperative environment will result in more meaningful experiences and relationships in any context.

Below are a handful of TED talks of emotional intelligence, mindfulness, neuroscience, and empathy that challenge us to rethink traditional leadership roles.

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility. (Transcript available at the source.)

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time. (Transcript available at the source.)

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions. (Transcript available at the source.)

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Transcript available at the source.)

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.) (Transcript available at the source.)