The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch-2021

The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch-2021

Back in 2020, we provided our readers with five Ted Talks that focused on steps that leaders can take to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for their employees. Since then, we have gone through remote, hybrid, and back to in-office work environments. However, the issue of diversity and inclusivity in any workspace continues to rise. In today’s fast-paced world, a healthy working environment is critical; more diversity results in a healthy workplace. Take a look at these five new Ted talks to learn how to successfully lead an organization by integrating diversity, inclusion, and belonging into your culture.

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1. How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

What if people of all colors and races were able to climb the corporate ladder? How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a Ted Talk where Stovall outlines a three-part action plan for creating more inclusive workplaces where people can feel safe and be their authentic selves.

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2. How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community)

Rosalind G. Brewer, COO of Starbucks, addresses the elephant in the room: companies’ focus on metrics when it comes to thinking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Watch this Ted talk with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, as Brewer invites leaders from all spaces to rethink their approach to fostering a truly diverse and inclusive work culture.

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3. The rigged test of leadership

We’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but what happens after we shatter it only to be stopped? Enter the glass cliff: a situation where once you assume your leadership role, you find there are limited chances to succeed beyond your new position. In this Ted talk, equality activist Sophie Williams explains why we need to ensure success in leadership based on different research-backed arguments and what we can do in order to ensure that everyone has equal access.

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4. How reverse mentorship can help create better leaders

When we think of leadership and mentorship, we usually think of senior roles as mentors. In Gordon’s narrative, she challenges that thought process with a “reverse mentorship program” where she provides 6 tips to make reverse mentorship work for your workplace.  

5. Why corporate diversity programs fail — and how small tweaks can have big impact

DEI expert Joan C. Williams breaks down five common patterns of bias that cause the billion-dollars worth of DEI programs that most U.S. companies initiate to fail and offers data-driven approaches to target where initiatives go wrong and how to remedy them.

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The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch

The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch

With more time on our hands, it is crucial to make the working environment healthier; with great diversity comes a healthy environment. In fact, 35% of companies with a diverse workforce outperform their competitors. Here are five Ted Talks that sum up how an active leader can succeed by making diversity, inclusion and belonging an intentional part of your culture.

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1. What it takes to be a great leader

The backbone of prosperous businesses is strong leadership. What it takes to be a great leader is a Ted Talk answering three key questions- what they want to change, how diversity is important to their business, and how daring the company is- that all companies need to address to thrive.

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2. 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do

Stacey Abrams- the first black woman in the history of the US to be nominated by a majority party for governor- strives for creating change by creating goals. She emphasizes that 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do: “What do I want? Why do I want it? And how do I get it?” Watch this Ted Talk for true inspiration on how to defy the odds.

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3. How to manage for collective creativity

Creativity is a gift given to the select few, but that is a myth. Watch How to manage for collective creativity to get insight on how everyone can get their creative juices flowing. With collective creativity, everyone, regardless of class or color, can work together to create an even better idea.

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4. How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time

In Baratunde Thurston’s narrative, recognizing that “living while black” is a lifestyle that helps change fearful stories into helping stories. Thurston explains How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, and how “living while black” allows leaders to grow their community to be more inclusive.

5. How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

Diversity advocate Verna Myers examines the subconscious biases we hold towards the people that are not like us; however, it is crucial to acknowledge your biases and Walk boldly toward them.