Five TED Talks on Everyday Leaders to Watch this Summer

We often think of leaders as people in positions of power, like government officials and company examples. Everyday leaders are people who lead by example and improve other’s lives simply by carrying on with their everyday lives. These inspiring TED Talks celebrate the everyday leaders in our world. Consider how your experiences demonstrate leadership, and how you might emphasize this leadership in your résumé, cover letters, and interviews.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

In this humorous talk, Drew Dudley reminds us that we have all changed someone’s life and encourages us to celebrate everyday leadership.

Sangu Delle: There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health

Sangu Delle tells the personal story of how he had to confront his own deep prejudice about mental health in order to get treatment for his anxiety.

Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

Teacher Sakena Yacoobi uses humor to tell how, after the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afganistan, she continued teaching in secret.

Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good

Engineer Siddhartha Roy tells how his team helped prove that Flint’s water is contaminated, calling scientists and engineers to work ethically in “service to the public good.”

Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can’t diagnose

Jennifer Brea describes the obstacles she’s encountered in getting a diagnosis and treatment for her progressive illness of myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome, which is a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities.

By Kelsey Keefe
Kelsey Keefe Career Consultant