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 • 411

  • James Muecke
    James Muecke  2 days back

    The ego is a Freudian fantasy, just like the id and the super-ego. These "psycho doctrines" are dead wrong and have led the psych world down a dead end and destructive path.

    • bartakin
      bartakin  5 days back


      • Tanthien Nguyen
        Tanthien Nguyen  6 days back

        Wenn der Vaters Politiker Platz verloren......Dann bitte machen Sie den Platz Sauber & Frei.....

        • Bob Greene
          Bob Greene  1 weeks back

          Davids clearly demonstrates how leaders can lead by drawing on employee motivation. In contrast, traditional middle managers excel in fine-grained (micro-managed), and often coercive control to push people into cooperation. The fundamental of his 12 minute presentation is simply that true leadership releases constructive energy at the employee level, and far less effort need be invested by leaders.

          • Alan Harris
            Alan Harris  2 weeks back

            This is a good reason why CEOs decide to go on a show called "Undercover Boss."

            • visualelement 7design
              visualelement 7design  2 weeks back

              The gentleman is a boss
              Truth be told
              And u all know how the story goes .

              • visualelement 7design
                visualelement 7design  2 weeks back

                The gentleman is a boss
                Truth be told
                And u all know how the story goes .

                • Vishnu G
                  Vishnu G  2 weeks back

                  Wonderful speech!! Loved it..

                  • Armin Rau - Changing Founders Into Leaders

                    Couldn't agree more. Make your ego your friend and you'll be a great leader by nature.

                    • Jack Corby
                      Jack Corby  3 weeks back


                      Sweet, nice.... irrelevant.

                      People do a job, or don't. It is their choice, and they stand or fall on the basis of the choice they make. If they don't, the person iv question will be OUT the door.

                      Leaders don't 'DO' the job. They just make sure that people do the job, or ensure that they are replaced by people who WILL do the job. If the Leader doesn't... the Leader will be OUT the door.

                      Managers don't 'DO' the job. They just make sure the Leaders are leading the people in their section to do the job, or ensure that the Leaders are replaced by people who WILL Lead their sections. If the Manager doesn't, the Manager will be OUT the door.

                      Executives don't 'DO' the job. They just make sure they have Managers who WILL ensure that the Leaders are making sure that the people DO the job. If the Executive doesn't, the Executive will be OUT the door.

                      The Owners don't 'DO' the job. They just make sure that they have executives who WILL ensure that the that the Managers are making sure that the Leaders are making sure that the people do their job. If they don't then the Owners will be OUT of business.

                      Lecturers don't 'DO' the job. They just make noise, absorb applause, and collect a Salary/bonus-check... until the company folds, or the speaking fees dry up..

                      I do the job, but I don't get to keep a job unless ALL of the People, ALL of the Leaders, ALL of the Managers, ALL of the Executives, and ALL of the owners do THEIR jobs. If even ONE of them decides 'Today, I'm just going to watch YouTube Leadership Videos all day long instead of doing my job!" ... then I can't do MINE.

                      • Bel Diman
                        Bel Diman  3 weeks back

                        The real problem in our days is that being a bad manager or leader has few consequences. In many big corporations, on many levels, it seems that a managers role is only to control and manipulate people. Performance is a key factor mostly on paper. You can be an excellent manager, motivating people to do a better job, achieving very good results and still never getting a promotion because people on the top likes someone else better. You can be a lousy manager, disliked by the team and still get bonuses and promotions because you are well connected. -is feudalism back?

                        • sean skeete
                          sean skeete  3 weeks back

                          Leadership is not a gift that either you have or don't. Although, some people may have natural predisposition towards leadership based on early environmental experiences, most individuals can hone and discipline themselves to develop in good leaders.

                          • Joe Fernandez
                            Joe Fernandez  4 weeks back

                            Leaders are born, not made. First born children are natural leaders. Leadership is about vision, mission, objectives, goals and activities (vimoga).

                            Activities . . . Praying, reading the Bible.

                            Goals . . . Seeking forgiveness

                            Objectives . . . Being free of sin.

                            Mission . . . selling the idea of heaven.

                            Vision . . . visualising the end i.e. heaven.

                            • Youganon Saikia
                              Youganon Saikia  4 weeks back

                              Thank you.

                              • FollowerOfChrist
                                FollowerOfChrist  4 weeks back

                                I lead no man and I have no earthly leader. I am a man !!

                                • SoulO's
                                  SoulO's  1 months back

                                  What did this leadership philosophy beat out to be awarded "The Rarest Commodity?"

                                  • Praveen Vini
                                    Praveen Vini  1 months back

                                    Gandhi was a true Leader.

                                    • EhmannJason
                                      EhmannJason  1 months back

                                      Will the real slim shady...

                                      • Howard Koor
                                        Howard Koor  1 months back

                                        Real deal

                                        • Bilal Khares
                                          Bilal Khares  1 months back

                                          What is he talking about with regards to giving back power? What would be a real example of this?

                                          • OmniFilmDK
                                            OmniFilmDK  1 months back

                                            Traditionally power was being able to tell people what to do to achieve a goal. Today we know we can not only achieve a goal but at the same time keep happy colleagues by trusting them and enabling them through fx education, skill learning and tools. You give them the power to shape themselves and their workplace. Then they will follow you

                                        • steve o
                                          steve o  1 months back

                                          The workers where just probably waiting for you to get out of the way. Talk and does are two. To. And too different things

                                          • Bill Howard
                                            Bill Howard  1 months back

                                            The humblest of servants make the greatest of leaders.

                                            • Dim Sum
                                              Dim Sum  1 months back

                                              Almost an oxymoron. Only one(I know of) that came close was Lee Kuan Yew.

                                              • MusicOfEpirus
                                                MusicOfEpirus  1 months back

                                                No it’s not... it’s very common. It’s just not recognized.

                                                • Quenten Bruce
                                                  Quenten Bruce  1 months back

                                                  In other words, keep a level head!

                                                  • Pol
                                                    Pol  1 months back

                                                    Great video. I guess another way of saying this is that a great leader is humble.

                                                    • R K
                                                      R K  1 months back

                                                      the best leaders don't want to lead, they just give up avoiding people who want to be led.

                                                      • Pol
                                                        Pol  1 months back

                                                        Not so sure. Admittedly there are times I am happy to let someone else take charge if it is something I am passionately disinterested in but I would regard such people as managers. This video is about something else.

                                                    • Francis Muiruri
                                                      Francis Muiruri  1 months back

                                                      People I love to listen to.

                                                      • M R
                                                        M R  1 months back

                                                        President Trump is a good leader! With a FANTASIC EGO! Trump always gives the POWER back to the PEOPLE! ♥♥LOVE TRUMP♥ ♥2020 WINNING♥♥♥!TRUMP LEADERSHIP with fantastic EGO!

                                                        • Rex Smith
                                                          Rex Smith  1 months back

                                                          I like to thank you, Mr. Bob Davids, for this conversation.

                                                          • Matthieu Bryson
                                                            Matthieu Bryson  1 months back

                                                            That was brilliant. Super smart and humble guy. Love his demeanor

                                                            • J F
                                                              J F  1 months back

                                                              A number of years ago I had a coworker (some years my elder) who as a child was moved from California and had to attend an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse in the south for about a year. When he returned to California he said he was very far advanced of the other students in his grade! I wish we could return to that type of schooling, where mainly reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught (and taught WELL). but of course, that is only a dream.

                                                              • GS E
                                                                GS E  2 months back

                                                                8:30, yeah, no... Gandhi wasn't all that great, a quick YouTube search would prove that.

                                                                • 1bigimpact
                                                                  1bigimpact  2 months back

                                                                  Well said thank you sir

                                                                  • Schalk Dormehl
                                                                    Schalk Dormehl  2 months back

                                                                    W Edwards Demming, Eli Goldratt, Taiichi Ohno, all agree:
                                                                    To make more money you simply have to increase the speed at which you produce things by upping the quality.

                                                                    So I respectfully disagree with the gentleman.

                                                                    • Schalk Dormehl
                                                                      Schalk Dormehl  1 months back

                                                                      @John Kim I really don't think you understand who I referenced to make the statement.

                                                                    • John Kim
                                                                      John Kim  2 months back

                                                                      Schalk Dormehl what? Let’s test your statement with simple math. Let’s say your “money” is defined by revenue - cost. Revenue = price x volume. Cost = variable + fixed.

                                                                      There are 4 different levers you can use to “make more money.” It’s not just about “speed” and “quality.”

                                                                  • David Haile
                                                                    David Haile  2 months back

                                                                    In his example about jumping into the trenches to fix the angle of the sewer pipe, I sure hope he follow that up with a review of the design! Problems at the end of a process indicate a problem with the beginning of a process.

                                                                    • Luís Claro
                                                                      Luís Claro  2 months back

                                                                      very good words! Thank you.

                                                                      • Kendrya
                                                                        Kendrya  2 months back

                                                                        leadership comes with a vision, two eyes to look and one to see.

                                                                        • grantio44
                                                                          grantio44  2 months back

                                                                          Awesome video, except Ronald Reagan being mentioned in the same breath as Gandhi

                                                                          • Jack Snow
                                                                            Jack Snow  2 months back

                                                                            i can do that..

                                                                            • Mark Passarelli
                                                                              Mark Passarelli  2 months back

                                                                              Leadership is a choice to look out for the people around you. It isn't something you are born with it is a skill that can be practiced and developed.

                                                                              • Punit Sin
                                                                                Punit Sin  2 months back

                                                                                Michael Scott was a great leader!

                                                                                • sobojetty
                                                                                  sobojetty  2 months back

                                                                                  These people built the Great Wall, the Grand Canal and numerous other timeless things, but they needed YOU to teach them that an outflow pipe must have a gradient to it so flow dynamics can take place!! One day I hope you will learn the greater lesson that there are more noble ways to aggrandize yourself without pulling other people down.

                                                                                  • Elie Elis
                                                                                    Elie Elis  2 months back

                                                                                    Follow in heart. Action will arrive.

                                                                                    • Khaim Gulkovich
                                                                                      Khaim Gulkovich  2 months back

                                                                                      God save us from foolish leaders!

                                                                                      • mijodo2008
                                                                                        mijodo2008  2 months back

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

                                                                                        • mijodo2008
                                                                                          mijodo2008  2 months back

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

                                                                                          • GGR TheMostGodless
                                                                                            GGR TheMostGodless  2 months back

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