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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy

Ted Talks on Leadership

  • How great leaders inspire action - Simon Sinek
    Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers.
  • Everyday leadership - Drew Dudly
    We have all changed someone's life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.
  • How to start a movement - Derek Sivers
    With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
  • The power of vulnerability - Brené Brown
    Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Leadership Activities

Below are some activities that you can facilitate with your group/organization to form group dynamics, set goals, and cultivate leadership qualities. 


  • Use this compehensive guide to find the perfect icebreaker/energizer for your next meeting.
  • Play, Spyfall, an interactive game online as a fun activity that will guarantee laughs!   
  • In case you forgot your markers to play Pictionary, you can adapt by using Skribbl.io. 
  • Don't have time for an icebreaker? Sometimes changing meeting locations (such as going outside) can infuse a fresh energy into your group! 

Setting Goals/Expectations

  • Setting Group Expectations: This exercise is great for participants who will be spending a significant amount of time with each other (either meeting on a regular basis or during a trip) to set expectations for a great experience. 
  • Setting SMART Goals: Participants will be able to set some personal or professional goals using the SMART goal method. This activity can be done individually or with a group. 

Other Leadership Topics

  • Active Listening: This activity allows participants to reflect on how well their listening skills are, while simultaneously learning about another person. 
  • Living into Our Values: Brené Brown's values exercise encourages participants to reflect on how we live through our values on a daily basis.

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