Simon Sinek has done it again! “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe” is a new TED Talk by the speaker who gave us wildly popular “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” or the “Start With Why” speech. This March 2014 presentation is not to be missed. Check it out below:
This speech emphasizes trust and safety as the keys to establishing leadership in a company or business. If employees live in a culture of constant fear, if they feel they could lose their job at any moment if they don’t abide by the rules or the chain of command, leadership is not good if it can be called “leadership” at all.
Sinek teaches us that good leadership is about nurturing and opportunity, education and discipline, as well as a focus on building self-confidence. He says if an employee at a company with good leadership is having performance issues, that company focuses on coaching and support. He also says good leaders sacrifice numbers for people. Companies with strong leadership know that people are the bottom line and not money. Sinek tells story after story after story of companies with leadership that empowers people. You have got to watch his Talk.
Leadership is infinitely fascinating to me. I recently shared several articles I’ve been reading in the last edition of Links of the Week. I began a new leadership training at my company today. Yesterday, I had a meeting with my professor to flesh out my leadership-centered graduate thesis topic. I can never read enough or learn enough on the topic, and I think I am most curious because I see leadership and presentation/communication skills so closely linked.
What great resources on leadership have you enjoyed lately? Did you like this Sinek talk on leadership as much as his first TED presentation?