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The Top 6 TED Talks on Leadership from 2020

top ted talks of 2020 leadershipIf there’s one thing that holds true about highly effective and productive leaders, it’s that they never stop learning. They continually seek to better themselves, grow their skillset, and acquire more knowledge.

The internet makes it easier than ever to engage in continual education and development. Podcasts, blogs, and online classes are more popular than ever.

One of the biggest stages in learning and development, however comes from TED Talks. From their website: “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”

Today, we’re rounding up the top 6 TED Talks from 2020 that are centered on the subject of business and leadership.

These powerful, insightful messages are filled with incredible lessons that we can all apply to our personal and professional lives as we seek to continually better ourselves. Click on the title of each talk to be taken directly to its video.


  1. 2 Questions to Uncover Your Passion—and Turn It into a Career

Current View Count: 2.5 million

What’s your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses — and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.


  1. The Cost of Work Stress—and How to Reduce It

Current View Count: 2.1 million

By some estimates, work-related stress drains the US economy of nearly 300 billion dollars a year — and it can hurt your productivity and personal health too, says wellness advocate Rob Cooke. He shares some strategies to help put your mental, physical and emotional well-being back at the forefront.


  1. How to Design Gender Bias Out of Your Workplace

Current View Count: 2.1 million

Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity — by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people think.


  1. Management Lessons from Chinese Business and Philosophy

Current View Count: 1.9 million

Business management in China is changing, says consultant Fang Ruan. Learn how Chinese entrepreneurs — long guided by Confucianism’s emphasis on authority and regulation — are now looking to Taoist philosophy for a new, dynamic leadership style that believes things spontaneously transform and naturally achieve perfection when they’re supported, not controlled.


  1. 5 Steps to Remove Yourself from Drama at Work

Current View Count: 1.8 million

No matter your industry, you’ve experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what’s really important.


  1. 3 Secrets to Netflix’s Success

Current View Count: 1.2 million

What does it take to cultivate a culture of innovation and reinvention at work? Tracing his journey from math teacher to honesty-seeking executive, Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings describes three key elements of a successful work culture, sharing how to design a company around inspiration, creativity and candor.


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