From hero to zero – when leaders turn bad: Manfred Kets de Vries

Ted Talks is a non profit that gives are specialists in their field a stage and talk about their self-chosen topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Manfred is a psycho-analyst that does a lot of executive coaching. In his talk he talks about the pitfalls of leadership and how to become an authentic (and effective) leader. Manfred explains that many leaders struggle because of the power they receive. Their ego grows, people around them say what they want while at the same time they start listening less to others. To avoid becoming a leader like this he proposes in trying to be an authentic leader that fights narcissism and hubris. Get to know yourself and ask what meaning and legacy you want to leave behind he suggests. His advice? Improve emotional intelligence, stimulate your creativity, and create a culture of honesty and listeners.

Why You Need a Creative Hobby, Even if You Think You’re Too Busy (Article)

Foundr is a multifaceted digital business that is independently published, with the muscle of a traditional media company. Their mission is to create a supportive, potent global community and to provide young/new entrepreneurs with courage and valuable information. This article is about the potential effects of having a creative hobby that you enjoy regularly. The article uses research to provide potential evidence that making time for a creative hobby regularly can have positive benefits for your work. Some of the benefits of having a creative hobby which is further explained in the article are performing better at work, greater feeling of control/mastery, opportunity to recharge, diversifying your attention (taking pressure off your work), building your network, and more.