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Leadership Shorts

Posted by on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Leadership Tidbit.

February is a short month so we are going to keep this Leadership Tidbit brief! If you’re looking for motivation, inspiration, or some quick and easy leadership skills, then look no further we have just the thing for you!

We’re bringing you our favorite short-form leadership videos that cover a variety of topics. All are under 15-minutes, so sit back, relax, and maybe bookmark a few for later. Consider using these as the foundation of your next talk about leadership in your student organization meetings, officer training, or during leadership transition.

Purl | Pixar SparkShorts

Purl, directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic start-up. Yarny hijinks ensue as she tries to fit in, but how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for, and in the end, is it worth it?

Sometimes You’re A Caterpillar | Chescaleigh & Kat Blaque

A lesson on privilege and empathy presented simply by a Caterpillar, Snail, and some dancing bugs.

Email Signature Leadership | Queen Stevenson

Email Signature Leadership: Examining Campus Involvement as Student Identity. Why and how do college students choose to lead? I believe that we can use our own email signatures as a vehicle to examine our approach to leadership. Check out this talk from a former Vanderbilt University student leader.

Brené Brown on Empathy | The RSA

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr. Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often | SoulPancake

Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome. Here he shares a special list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add to it?

And if you enjoy those and are looking for more, check out our most recent TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speakers. Last November, we had seven incredible talks covering artificial intelligence, death and dying, online dating, and everything in between.

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