How to become a better leader
Program director at Leadership SBM
“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
This TED Talk from author Simon Sinek offers a simple but powerful model of inspirational leadership. It’s a great introduction to his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, which explores how people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement or idea until they understand the “why” behind it.
Find Your Why
Now that you’ve gotten an introduction to the importance of starting with your “why,” the question is: How do you find your “why”—that is, your purpose? This book by Simon Sinek will introduce you to leadership concepts that can be applied at both an organizational and a personal level.
I don’t even know where to start—I love this book. Brené Brown teaches that being vulnerable is truly an act of courage. It is also a practice that allows us to engage on a deeper level with others and become more authentic. I believe that both of these things—vulnerability and authenticity—are essential to being a good leader.
In True North, former Medtronic CEO Bill George guides you toward what he terms “authentic leadership”—not worrying about being the “perfect” boss or leader but, instead, being your genuine self and motivating those around you to accomplish goals. Based on research and scores of interviews with top business executives and government officials, this book shows that anyone who follows his or her internal compass can become an authentic leader.
The Science of Well-Being
Studies show that Americans tend to be some of the most “unhappy” people in the world. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to find ways to be intentional, practice gratitude and savor moments. This online course from Yale University (which includes a free version and a low-cost option to obtain a certificate) focuses on how to build daily habits of rewiring our thought processes to create happier lives. Not only can this change our behavior and outlook in the short-term, but it can also have tremendous long-term benefits both as an individual and as a leader. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can always change our perspective.