TED Talk Roselinde Torres on Leadership - Remke Blog

The Skills Needed to be a Great Leader Have Changed

In this fantastic TED Talk by Roselinde Torres, she explains her recent work to discover what it takes to be a great leader today.

With the business world of today being more global, digitally enabled and transparent, what worked in the past doesn’t work now. Completing anything big and meaningful is a complex matrix which requires a different set of leadership skills to succeed.

Relying on Old-Fashioned Leadership Skills Doesn’t Cut It

After extensive research around the world, Roselinde discovered that more than half of the companies cited a leadership gap in training and growing company leaders. The old-fashioned methods of coaching, performance reviews, leadership development, and even hiring practices just aren’t working. Companies are still failing, falling behind and losing site of how to succeed.

She set out to find out what made successful leaders different, and discovered 3 main ways that today’s great leaders were standing out, and becoming more successful.

What Successful Leaders Need in the 21st Century

In the TED Talk, Ms. Torres describes 3 main questions that today’s leaders should focus on, and use to find success in today’s business climate.

Where are you looking to anticipate change?
Both in business, and in life, how are you learning and growing? Who are you spending time with and how are you distilling and using the information. This will help you to see around corners to shape future, not just respond to it.

What is the diversity measure of your network?
Personal and professional networks should be diverse. Develop relationships with different people in order to better understand the environment, see different patterns and find solutions that are outside your box.

Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?
Great leaders dare to be different. They don’t just talk about taking risks, but actually do it.


Watch the full talk here, or on the TED Talks website.


What are the most important things you’ve found to becoming a better leader in today’s business climate?

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