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Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Overview

In this TED Talk, Simon Sinek, a management theorist, explores what makes a great leader in the context of trust.  How do leaders foster a deep sense of trust and cooperation?  What are the benefits of creating a circle of safety?  Examine real life examples of what happens when a leader nurtures a secure environment.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recall that leadership is a choice, not a right
  • Know the meaning of and significance behind “head-count” versus “heart-count”
  • Understand that a person’s natural reaction in a safe environment is trust and cooperation
  • Comprehend that trust is about feelings, not instructions

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Dig Deeper

After watching the video, reflect on the following questions.  Jot down your thoughts.  Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. What does it mean to put others first?  How do you employ this concept in the workplace, your community, or at home?
  2. In the video, you learned that the leader sets the tone.  Name a few ways a leader can foster the “right” tone.  What are the benefits of the “right” tone in the workplace?
  3. What does the phrase “because they would have done it for me” mean to you?
  4. Name one action you can take to improve the circle of safety in your workplace environment and try it out for a week. Reflect on the results.

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  1. Truly inspiring! An essential piece of leadership is building trust and he highlights what leaders need to do in order to let their peers and subordinates know that they are willing to sacrifice for the good of the whole.

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