Skip Business School—Do This Instead
Today, leaders are emerging at all ranks more than ever before. We’re no longer wed to the model of spending decades climbing the ranks to executive level before taking on leadership roles. We are learning that effective trailblazers can sprout up from any level in a company.
But what does that mean in terms of managerial education? Do all emerging leaders need to take a break from the office and enroll in business school before becoming effective managers? Inc. thinks not. In fact, the publication urges all emerging leaders to ditch business school and, instead, view the following TED Talks and embody their life lessons.
Carol Dweck dedicates her life to researching “growth mind-set”—the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she explores two ways we can motivate and improve people’s capacity for growth. For example, Dweck discusses how students receiving a “Not Yet” grade versus a failing grade have increased motivation and the ability to succeed.
Sam Richards discusses the often-overlooked but crucial exercise of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes in order to be an effective leader. Richard’s TED talk is a lesson in communication—how to understand and effectively communicate with your superiors, peers, and employees.
In her powerful TED talk, Angela Lee Duckworth defines grit as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Duckworth shows how the grittier we are, the more successful we become. And that you can increase your capacity for grit by doing something you’re passionate about.
In his TED talk, Srikumar Rao challenges our “if-then” model for happiness and argues that we are innately wired to be happy, but because of a faulty model for happiness, we’ve been learning how to be unhappy our whole lives. Luckily, Rao gives us the tools to achieve real happiness, and it’s much easier than you would think.
Educator Ramsey Musallam defines the true role of an educator as follows: to cultivate curiosity. His TED talk explores how top leaders and businesses constantly push their creativity and problem-solving efforts. In order to succeed as a leader, you have to both embody and foster curiosity and experimentation.
To continue your alternative business school education, head over to Inc. for more TED talks on leadership.
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Opening photo: Courtesy of Harvard Business School