The rarest commodity is leadership without ego: Bob Davids at TEDxESCP

The rarest commodity is leadership without ego: Bob Davids at TEDxESCP

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TEDxESCP is an independently organised TED event, by students of ESCP Europe in Paris.
Curator, TEDxESCP: Johannes Bittel
Produced by: Adrián Pablo Trinidad

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  1. Manjusha C
    Manjusha C says:

    Really like the video and the message. Would certainly recommend and can be used for training sessions.

  2. James Willmus
    James Willmus says:

    Truer words have never been spoken, and I must thank Bob Davids, because he helped me realize my problem. I've been pushing my whole life, now I must pull to get things done.

  3. Dov Baron's Full Monty Leadership
    Dov Baron's Full Monty Leadership says:

    The dictionary definition of Leadership is: The position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.

    However, what may be worth considering is this; is the person who “directs the group” always the one with the title leader?

    If so, is that person the one who is best suited to lead? I would suggest that is often not the case.

    Even in the best of times, leadership quite naturally comes with its own set of challenges. Those challenges are always intensified during challenging times. We are seeing this today, where we are at the opening to arguably one of the most challenging times in recent history.

    Here at the brink, there is and will continue to be a unique set of stressors facing organizations, corporations, nations of the world and more importantly you and I. I say more importantly “you and I” because it seems to me that leadership in its present form is failing. As a result many who never desired a leadership position are being required to step up.

  4. 1WithTheFlow
    1WithTheFlow says:

    Integrity is the key to genuine leadership. A rare character trait but without integrity it's misleading that people do.

  5. Priyankananda Ma Nithya
    Priyankananda Ma Nithya says:

    here's another perspective on leadership from a recent interview with Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swami in Ask the Avatar – successful leadership through soft power

  6. Comliance
    Comliance says:

    Many years I thought that leadership is a skill you can learn like to drive a car or anything else.
    Now after I have studied the scientific insights of neurobiological foundations of human behavior I have to change my point of view over night.
    It seems to be a fact that some, a small count of people, are born as leaders and others don't.

    And all who are "born" as leaders have to realize that they possess a rare, marvelous and powerful gift.
    But there is a big difference
    The difference between great leaders and a bad leaders.
    And the difference is only the size and direction of his or her ego.

    A great leader sublime his ego for a goal far beyond his own ego. Great leaders have realized that the principle of "seed and harvest" is one of the ultimate laws of the universe. The translation of "cause and effect" to their own human behavior.

    A bad leader is only driven by his selfish ego. Bad leaders want to drive in the harvest before they seed. They are exploiters in fact. Ruthless opportunists! Let the devil take the hindmost is their credo in life.

    This is a genetic fact as scientists checked out in a lot of very serious and impressive studies.
    So it is like Bob Davids said it in the end.
    Leadership is a really gift. And if you possess it you only can develop and hone it.

    I was and be a leader for over 30 years. And the credit and power people give to me will be given back to them from me.
    And I created incredible results with all my teams with that manner.

    But in the beginning I followed the wrong turn like the described bad leaders above. I was an Asshole!

    I was only driven by power and selfish goals like to make lots of money and carrier. Because all did the same around me.
    But I began to suffer from inner doubt. I got the insight to follow the wrong values and patterns.
    So I began to study people, psychology and psycho therapy as an absolute beginner.

    And as one of the results I have learned that you can never change someones mind, habits or attitude if he never will!!!

    So don't spend to much time with those who are intelligent and able but even never will!
    Spend your precious time to people who have the will to outperform something great together!

    Search for meaning! Search for values! If you have to make the decision to count in a new member for your team.
    Skills can be learned, but the "right attitude" has to be on board from start!

    I wish all of you and your families a healthy, successful and peaceful life

  7. Cyanakrli
    Cyanakrli says:

    one important thing i want to add:
    don't be like my boss.
    don't jump in the trench when you have no clue what you'Re doing.
    listen to the guys in teh trench when they are telling you that your idea is shit.
    and don't blame them when your idea doesn't work.

  8. Andy Gascon
    Andy Gascon says:

    One of the best I ever listen to. Thanks
    I've worked in the field all my life, always hated when Mangment would come around n bark.But always loved it when that one like you came around an would offer a hand are a new way of doing things to make it easier or just a pat on the back by saying good job n thank You
    It made my day n made you feel appreciate. Your ? % right

  9. Paul Carter
    Paul Carter says:

    great reminders of giving back when leading and letting go of ego to lead by example not ego. Thanks Bob

  10. chevybob
    chevybob says:

    This is a cool video, thanks so much for making it. I also thought management and leadership were the same, but management is pushing and leadership is pulling. And you don't have to have a giant ego to be a leader which is a good thing.

  11. Troy Gardner
    Troy Gardner says:

    thanks Bob …through the vision of leadership is the only way we can get to the future that benefits us all, amen


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