I love listening to the TED Radio Hour on NPR. Each hour has a theme, and includes excerpts from excellent TED Talks that revolve around that topic. The speakers are interviewed by the host of the show, Guy Raz, and give some great background insight into the TED Talks. One of my favorite shows that I heard this summer was the one on “Disruptive Leadership.”
Now, I’m going to admit that, when I listen to these shows I don’t usually have on my “teacher filter.” This means that I am so engrossed in the message that I don’t notice if there are any details that might be inappropriate for the classroom. So, I would definitely recommend you listen to these yourself before playing them for your students. Or, you can view the transcript that is included with each one.
Drew Dudley, who I mentioned before on this blog in my post about Lollipop Moments, is one of the leaders featured on this particular show. He has an excellent message about the way we often impact people without realizing it.
One of my favorite stories, though, is the one from General Stanley McChrystal in which he talks about the way leaders deal with failure.
Also featured in this episode are: Sheryl Sandberg, Bunker Roy, and Seth Godin. All of them are worth a listen, and will make you consider leadership in many different ways!