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Podcasts We’re Diggin’: Disruptive Leadership, TED Style

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Genre: Business/Motivational 

Guy Raz is the award-winning host, co-creator, and editorial director of NPR’s TED Radio Hour. TED Radio Hour is a hugely popular podcast that covers a variety of topics and stories about people from all walks of life. According to the NPR, this podcast is a “journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.”

A new episode debuts each Thursday and focuses on a common theme and inspired by TED. I know you have heard of TED Talks right? If you like those, this show is definitely for you.

Guy is a seasoned reporter whose career has taken him all over the world. He is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR’s first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World.

Why You Should Listen

In any successful startup or organization in general, great leadership is crucial, but we can no longer define leaders in the traditional sense of the word. Why? Times have changed, and leaders come in many forms. Guy Raz interviews people from every background about leadership and each interview has a unique perspective. Hear viewpoints from corporate and military leaders, nonprofits, as well as exceptional authors who specialize in the topic of leadership. Their messages transcend what most of us have likely been taught about the topic.

Featured Episode: Disruptive Leadership

Is leadership only reserved for the extraordinary few? This hour-long episode features Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, who discusses her well-known stance about female leaders in the workforce. For those of you who may not know of her or have not read her book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and advocates for women in leadership roles. Her interview brought an interesting perspective on the idea of “disruptive leadership” and enlightened listeners on the reasons why statistically women do not strive to be leaders.

We then meet ex four-star general Stanley McChrystal and learn how his leadership tactics actually caused the demise of his military career…that one was intriguing. And finally Drew Dudley provides insight into how we are all leaders without even realizing it, and that we are more influential than we give ourselves credit for. I appreciate the variety of perspectives because it allows listeners from all backgrounds the opportunity to connect with their stories.

If you’re in the mood for a podcast that keeps your interest and inspires you to view leadership in a new light, this definitely a good listen.

Don’t judge me, this podcast is from 2014. But good podcasts never age.

How To Find It

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