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Leadership 201 

This is a curated collection of TED talks and readings that are part of the University of Louisville Medical School self-directed curriculum for the Distinction in Business and Leadership Track. See more about the program on our introduction page. 

Leadership 201 covers some complex topics including: negotiation, non-verbal communication, collaboration, career management, and learning.


Getting to Yes Negotiation

William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.


Listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. William Ury shares stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders to provide us with impactful lessons, such as understanding the power of a human mind opening up. He asks us to join a listening revolution, and promises that if we all just listen a little bit more, we can transform any relationship.

Non-verbal Communication

The Hidden Power of Smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you will live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles a you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior. 

Body Language

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our changes for success.

How to Spot a Liar

On any given day we are lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detech those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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Good Ideas

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

When to Give Up The Driver Seat

Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: Sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to double, and suggests that ceding control -- especially on life-or-death decisions -- may be the best thing for us. 

Institution vs. Collaboration

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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Career Management

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

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Finding Life's Passions

Adam Leipzig, a noted movie and theater producer, discusses how to find your life's passion in 5 minutes.


The Learning Curve of Mastering New Skills

Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything, discusses the learning curve of mastering practical knowledge and skills. He describes how his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. 

Learning from Mistakes

Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

The Skill of Self-Confidence

As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer Team at Ryerson University, Dr. Ivan Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In this talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives. 

More Leadership Topics:

Leadership, Motivation, Emotional intelligence, Decision making, Communication

Leadership, Motivation, Emotional intelligence, Decision making, Communication

Inspiration, Life-work balance, Change management, Innovation, Success, Miscellaneous

Inspiration, Life-work balance, Change management, Innovation, Success, Miscellaneous