Christian Long

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from Leadership’s Missing Manual

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Reflection by BRAYDEN F.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from Leadership’s Missing Manual

I think the topic was very interesting, but I don’t think it should’ve taken sixteen minutes.

People say that leaders are not born, they’re made.

Well Field’s story about “Binkee”, a leader of an indigenous tribe, was actually elected leader at the age of ten when his father died. So becoming a leader derives from partial luck and dedication. I think we all have the capability of leadership within us, it’s just “we ought to, but we don’t” kind of thing. When she talks about Binkee being a leader by stopping tree loggers cutting down the forrest near them, I think it’s the other way around. The tree logging companies are actually creating jobs, stimulating economies, and creating furniture and other necessities for society today, not for Binkee and his ancient way of living. I also found the video difficult to follow. Not only because it was spoken in monotone, but because it’s such a common sense sort of discussion. “We should all change the way we live and become better leaders.”; Yes you’re right Fields, way to state the obvious.

Overall I don’t think this should have been a TED talk. I think maybe it would have been more appropriate for YouTube. If you have sixteen minutes to spare and want to hear about “Leaderships missing manual”, then this is the video for you. I hope one day someone does create an ‘official manual’.


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