Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action is my favorite Ted Talk. I watched this Ted Talk my Leadership class, and it truly changed my perspective on how I live my life. The video is about the importance of starting with “why”. Simon goes on to explain what the “golden circle” is. Without even realizing it, most people start explanations with the easiest point to hit on the dart board – the “what” on the outside ring. Explaining what you are doing should not be hard to do, and most of the time how you do it shouldn’t be too complicated either. The difficult part is deciding why you’re doing it.
Does leadership come from a “yes” or a “no”?
My initial thoughts were: “No. Leadership comes from a “no. Leaders have to make tough decisions, and saying no can sometimes be difficult to do.” However, the more I’ve researched and looked into it, my thinking was completely wrong. A leader might be able to make tough decisions by saying no, but not a GOOD leader. In most cases it is more difficult to answer something with a yes. Answering with a yes to things opens things up for discussion. Answering with a no doesn’t leave room for discussion to travel anywhere, it ends it. The word no leaves no room for advancement of any kind. When I researched this online, I found a quote that I really liked.
1.) Be Relatable – One of the best things about Jimmy is how he reaches out to his audiences, and seems genuinely interested in everyone he encounters. One of the reasons he was such a wide fan base is because he is so in-touch with modern media, and his audiences. He has such a wide variety of stars on the show, and skits to keep the audience entertained. One of his skits on the show is even taking the Tweets from his followers and reading them aloud on the show. He is always thinking about what his audience is going to want to hear about and trying to please them.
As an LAS scholar, I have 3 required classes to take my freshman year of school. Introduction to Leadership Education (LDR 100), Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100L), and Introduction to Debate (COM 267L).
Psychology is the study of the human mind, and why it is the way that it is. Personally, I really enjoyed psychology. I found it extremely interesting to learn the things we learned in class. On the exams we took, he would give us an essay question relating leadership to different psychology components. Having to connect the two helped me understand why taking psychology was important to minor in leadership. As a leader, it is important to understand why some people think the way that they do. This class was one of my favorites for multiple reasons. One, I really liked the Professor, and the way he taught. Two, I liked the content we learned about. I found psychology very interesting, and considered minoring in it. Lastly, I really liked having a class with everyone in my cohort. It was nice to be able to ask questions to people you’re familiar with, and to study with them. Overall, I think psychology was a great class, and I am glad I had the opportunity to take it with such an amazing cohort.