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

  • Published: 10 April 2012
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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

    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

    TEDxESCP is brought to you by:
    Ideas Club Paris

Comments • 353

  • Khaim Gulkovich
    Khaim Gulkovich  18 hours back

    God save us from foolish leaders!

    • mijodo2008
      mijodo2008  2 days back

      The best analysis of Management & Leadership. Cheers from Michael. Australia.

      • mijodo2008
        mijodo2008  2 days back

        Trump went to Wharton, obviously he didn't/can't read. Cheers from Michael. Australia.

        • GGR TheMostGodless
          GGR TheMostGodless  4 days back

          The audience's attitude kind of sucks... like fro the start they know better.

          • gholam abdoli
            gholam abdoli  4 days back

            یکی از موارد کاهش مصرف سرانه ماهی در غذای ایرانی های تقلب در فروش ماهی و میگو می باشد. وجود ماهی و میگو در سبد  خرید خانوار از اهمیت ویژگه ای برخوردار میباشد بعنوان مثال میتوان از خواص لابستر گفت که دارای مقدار زیادی امگا3 می باشد.خواص ماهی و میگو بیشمار است. کالری ماهی  موجود در این نوع مواد غذایی کم میباشد.

            جوتی کالا بزرگترین فروشگاه اینترنتی فروش آنلاین محصولات دریایی تازه 

            در فروشگاه بزرگ جوتی کالا می توانید ماهی و میگو تازه، استیک و فیله ماهی ، آبزیان صادراتی  را با قیمت مناسب تهیه نموده و طرز تهیه انواع غذاهای دریایی و هزاران مقاله در زمینه خواص و فوائد ماهی و مقالات مرتبط با دریا رامطالعه نمایید.

            محصولات این فروشگاه عبارتند از:

            ماهی تن تازه ، ماهی کفشک تازه ، ماهی شعری یا شهری تازه ، میگو دریایی تازه ، ماهی باراکودا یا کوتر تازه ، ماهی کوپر تازه ، ماهی سکن، ماهی سنگسر تازه ، میگو پرورشی ، ماهی حلوا ، ماهی قباد، ماهی شیر میگو دریایی، ماهی سرخو و

            ماهی راشگو ، ماهی شوریده تازه ، میگو دریایی، میگو پرورشی تازه، میگو پرورشی تازه بدون پوست و سر ، میگو دریایی تازه بدون پوست ، شاه میگو دریایی تازه ، میگوی خشک ، ماهی حلوا سفید تازه،

            فیله ماهی تن تازه ، استیک ماهی شیر تازه ، استیک ماهی قباد تازه ، فیله ماهی سنگسر تازه ، 

            خرچنگ آبی، اسکوئید ، ماهی مرکب ، لابستر یا شاه میگو

            روش پخت و پز و طرز تهیه انواع غذاهای دریایی مانند:

            طرز تهیه قلیه ماهی، طرز تهیه قلیه میگو ، طرز تهیه مجبوس ماهی ، طرز تهیه میگو پلو بوشهری، طرز تهیه ماهی شکم پر، طرز تهیه میگو سوخاری ، طرز تهیه کوفته ماهی ، طرز تهیه ودام ، 

            مطالعه انواع مقالات دریایی و فواید و خواص ماهی ها در ویکی دریا :

            • Paulina Peczek
              Paulina Peczek  1 weeks back

              Great talk, he's so right, but I think leadership is something you can learn rather than something you're born with.

              • saint Thia Thru The Roof Band

                Jesus Christ is the Greatest Leader of ALL time.

                • Venugopal J
                  Venugopal J  2 weeks back

                  Thank you for sharing great experience, I have understood the difference between manager and leader

                  • P Gluuums
                    P Gluuums  2 weeks back

                    I don't understand why we are forced to stand when we speach. This felt more authentic and comfortable than someone shouting at you.

                    • ftsum mehari
                      ftsum mehari  1 months back

                      Beautiful mind.

                      • Dr. Subhamay .Ghosh
                        Dr. Subhamay .Ghosh  1 months back

                        What a fantastic inspiring talk. So powerful.

                        • Zaya Gilana
                          Zaya Gilana  1 months back

                          Thank you Mr. Davids. I am moved beyond the ability to express myself. Your humility and wisdom shine through so powerfully. Thank you, Sir.

                          • Mary Ruiz
                            Mary Ruiz  1 months back

                            Can you please let me know the book name he talks about at the beginning of the video? ... something organization?

                            • M Fawls
                              M Fawls  1 months back

                              The hardest area of life to do this in is raising your children. They see you constantly.

                              • 1950Archangel
                                1950Archangel  2 months back

                                When did people decide "ego" was a bad thing?! Having an EGO lets you draw and observe boundaries, decide which of two choices is the better one for you and for your people.

                                • Coral Day
                                  Coral Day  1 months back

                                  1950Archangel Egocentric workers are not cooperative. They are centered on their own achievements and what they want, not the people or the goal. Good ego says this is what I know let’s share and work together.

                              • Chris Namaste
                                Chris Namaste  2 months back

                                Leadership and creativity skills CAN be taught.

                                • ivanbarbosa81
                                  ivanbarbosa81  2 months back

                                  Great advice

                                  • eliseofragoso
                                    eliseofragoso  2 months back

                                    Good man

                                    • Mario Alavez
                                      Mario Alavez  2 months back

                                      "you either have it or you don't"? boy has that attitude gotten us into so much trouble over the history of everything that we know

                                      • bungyscuba bungyscuba
                                        bungyscuba bungyscuba  2 months back

                                        When is someone going to do a talk about being a good follower, a good employee?

                                        • bungyscuba bungyscuba
                                          bungyscuba bungyscuba  2 months back

                                          @Mac mcskullface not at all. I am very willing to engage in fruitful discussions. However your first comment was not in any way engaging. However let's move on.
                                          To begin with your premise that a good follower cannot exist without a good leader is insulting to any responsible employee. It is simply not true and that is why I call it politically correct 'kneejerk' rhetoric.

                                        • Mac mcskullface
                                          Mac mcskullface  2 months back

                                          @bungyscuba bungyscuba
                                          There was a point in what I said you just didn't get it.
                                          My point was before we talking about what it means to be a follower we need to establish what a good leader is, cuz you can't have good followers without a good leaders.
                                          How is what I said politically correct?
                                          Oh wait I know it's because calling something 'politically correct' is nothing more then a lazy ad homenin used to dismiss different ideas without having to engage them.

                                        • bungyscuba bungyscuba
                                          bungyscuba bungyscuba  2 months back

                                          @Mac mcskullface there is no meaning in your reply let alone substance . It's just politically correct rhetoric without solving a thing.

                                      • Elias Zerai
                                        Elias Zerai  2 months back


                                        • Curious Communicator
                                          Curious Communicator  2 months back

                                          "I measure my own success as a leader by how well the people who work for me succeed". Thanks for your great points on leadership.

                                          • david mccallum
                                            david mccallum  2 months back

                                            Great title. Seek therefore the leadership of the ten tribes, the lost of Israel.
                                            Such are the remnant, for the restoration of all things will come. They are
                                            already among us, and found in Zechariah 8:23. The gathering has begun
                                            Ephraim... come home.

                                            • Mech D
                                              Mech D  3 months back

                                              Newsflash: "50 year old man learns how to do demos"

                                              • Chyntia Oktavia
                                                Chyntia Oktavia  3 months back

                                                This is so great advice

                                                • Adrian Rice
                                                  Adrian Rice  3 months back

                                                  "Lead from the front"

                                                  • dylan reynolds
                                                    dylan reynolds  3 months back

                                                    I think sometimes people misread what leadership is: Leaders don’t get people to believe in them, they get people to believe in themselves. Leaders don’t say follow me, they act. People motivate themselves, leaders give them the tools to achieve their abilities.

                                                    • Ryan Polak
                                                      Ryan Polak  3 months back

                                                      Leadership is when you will do it yourself. The interesting thing is Leadership helps others realize they have the capability to do it themselves.

                                                      • Danila Balashov
                                                        Danila Balashov  3 months back

                                                        What a great speech!!!!! Thank you!

                                                        • Ea Jordan
                                                          Ea Jordan  3 months back

                                                          Yeah ..... because you get robbed

                                                          • Glenn Adams II
                                                            Glenn Adams II  3 months back

                                                            Great and very useful information indeed but ego is a necessity, however it's the type of ego that matters.

                                                            If it is perhaps one that is Ĕdging Ğreatness Õut, then that's when the chain is being pushed.

                                                            • Bill Tavis
                                                              Bill Tavis  3 months back

                                                              Huge thumbs down. Leadership is IMPOSSIBLE without an ego, and everyone who claims to be egoless is dishonestly virtue signalling, ironically as the result of a poorly disciplined ego that seeks approval from others by debasing itself. You literally can't even feed yourself or put on clothes without an ego, how are you going to be a leader and inspiration to others and make hard decisions with huge consequences??? Make zero sense at all.
                                                              PS - It takes a GIANT ego to do a Ted Talk. No exceptions.

                                                              • Bill Tavis
                                                                Bill Tavis  3 months back

                                                                @Glenn Adams II The ego is the element of a person that is individual - separate from other people and separate from God/Universe. It is the source of our existential dread and yet the key to our survival and growth. Every person must maintain a certain level of ego to survive - things like making sure we have food in our own individual stomach is not actually as trivial as it seems. But more specifically to this video, a leader must have a strong enough ego to chose a path not only for themselves but for others, and to be confident in that choice. A person that pushes a chain in one direction does so with an EQUAL amount of ego as the person pulling the chain. It's a different flavor of ego, but exactly equivalent in scale. It might seem like semantics but it's not. Like I said, this guy is virtue signalling - yeah he jumped in the trenches, but just for a minute and then it was back to his millionaire lifestyle. I don't know anything about him but I know just from this talk that he's certainly no Ghandi. I prefer people that can own their own truth.

                                                              • Glenn Adams II
                                                                Glenn Adams II  3 months back

                                                                I see...
                                                                What is your definition of ego?

                                                            • twornstaff
                                                              twornstaff  3 months back

                                                              I am a leadership consultant. I teach managers how to become leaders. This is powerful! I love how gently, effortlessly he explains what a leader is.

                                                              • D Uni
                                                                D Uni  3 months back

                                                                "Management is not leading." -- Thank you

                                                                • neo robertson
                                                                  neo robertson  3 months back

                                                                  Most "leaders" are psychopaths. It's a real condition. They are all ego, and crave power

                                                                  • 78tag
                                                                    78tag  3 months back

                                                                    It's always interesting to look back at videos like this. It was half way through the last presidents tenure. Look at what he did with power and where he and his fellow criminals are about to end up. As I said, interesting. We have one guy trying to lead and no leaders for him to work with.

                                                                    • Mech D
                                                                      Mech D  3 months back

                                                                      It took this guy several decades to learn how to do a demo? What a poser

                                                                      • Nite Fox
                                                                        Nite Fox  3 months back

                                                                        Money/Profit and Productivity/Time = Healthcare based on profit. Hire cheapest laborers wanting a Visa in a 3rd world country to provide care, Make everyone accountable for every minute...450 minus your lunch which in the past only new attorneys had to focus on for billing. vs Money/Profit and Quality for outcomes = Health Care Insurance Company also for profit. So where do the actual health care providers or the patients who are people come into this picture? They are managed by a corporation because it is a business for profit on both sides.

                                                                        • Biswarup Ray
                                                                          Biswarup Ray  4 months back

                                                                          I stopped listening when he mentioned Gandhi. Fasting is a form of violence against oneself and a means of emotional blackmail. I am an Indian btw.

                                                                          • Rohit Bhardwaj
                                                                            Rohit Bhardwaj  4 months back

                                                                            This should be mandatory for all aspiring professionals without exception.
                                                                            The best I have seen on leadership probably!

                                                                            • Alan Hilder
                                                                              Alan Hilder  4 months back

                                                                              If you go in DEMANDING RESPECT, you will never get respect. You go in yelling and screaming then the "workers" will do the minimum work while " white anting " you at any chance. If you take all the credit but hand out all the blame the workers will leave, showing your superiors how incompetent you are. You get in and help with the work, doing your part, being a problem solver not a problem blamer, handing out credit to your team, you will get credit, respect and the work output you want.

                                                                              • Vaneet Talwar
                                                                                Vaneet Talwar  4 months back

                                                                                the talk is priceless, and BOB is a walking university......... Unforgettable experience..........

                                                                                • Bath day vicvicgaming
                                                                                  Bath day vicvicgaming  4 months back

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                                                                                  • soumya jomi thomas
                                                                                    soumya jomi thomas  4 months back

                                                                                    Wow, it brought tears to my eyes. This is exactly what I wanted to tell to my clients. Thank u sir for sharing your wisdom with us. ♥️

                                                                                    • Victoria Frodsham
                                                                                      Victoria Frodsham  4 months back


                                                                                      • Theomite
                                                                                        Theomite  5 months back

                                                                                        Leadership is largely thankless that requires competence and the sharing of bounty. Most people who seek leadership see it as a mechanism for collecting and hoarding the bounty as an entitlement of their position regardless of competence. The problem with leadership is that if we get it in the hands of the former, the significantly larger latter will scheme and plot to seize it, and if they can't possess it, they'll destroy it out of spite.

                                                                                        • Franklin Falco
                                                                                          Franklin Falco  5 months back

                                                                                          Leaders must also be citizens. Citizens must also be leaders.

                                                                                          • Fortify Your Data
                                                                                            Fortify Your Data  5 months back

                                                                                            Definitely one of the best Tedx Talks I've listen to in a while. A lot I personally needed to hear from this.