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Leadership Curriculum 

This is a curated collection of TED talks and readings that are used in the Distinction in Business and Leadership Track at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The Distinction tracks are extracurricular pathways in the undergraduate medical school that provide students with mentorship and education in specific disciplines: research, medical education, global health and business/leadership. The Faculty for the Business and Leadership Track are Dr. In Kim and Dr. Brad Sutton. 

Leadership, Motivation, Emotional intelligence, Decision making, Communication

Leadership, Motivation, Emotional intelligence, Decision making, Communication

Negotiation, Nonverbal communication, Collaboration, Career management, Learning

Negotiation, Nonverbal communication, Collaboration, Career management, Learning

Inspiration, Life-work balance, Change management, Innovation, Success, Miscellaneous

Inspiration, Life-work balance, Change management, Innovation, Success, Miscellaneous

Curriculum Developers: 

In Kim, M.D.

Dr. In Kim  is a professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at University of Louisville.  He has an extensive background in research and management. He is internationally known as a leader in helium-oxygen (heliox) research for respiratory diseases. As a Fellowship Training Program Director in Pediatric Emergency Medicine for 12 years, he has built a nationally recognized brand of teaching excellence in medical education. His clinical medical background is supplemented by a M.B.A. degree. His program has won 5 national awards for best research at the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting over the past 10 years proving recognition of his considerable contributions to the medical community. 

Brad Sutton, M.D.

Dr. Brad Sutton is an assistant professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Department where he specializes in electrophysiology. He also serves at the Assistant Dean for Health Strategy and Innovation - he is the Founder and Director of the Center for Health Process Innovation at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He serves in a number of other administrative roles including as Chief Medical Officer for University of Louisville Physicians (the area's largest multispecialty practice) and as Medical Director for the Department of Medicine Outpatient Clinics. He co-directs the MD/MBA Joint Degree Program and the Distinction Track in Business and Leadership. 

Website designed by Laura Bishop, M.D.


How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful moder for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers.

Relational Leadership

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.

What it Takes to be a Great Leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

This talk starts slowly, we recommend beginning around 4 minutes and 50 seconds into the talk. 

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The Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Feeling Good About Work

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opneing experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. 

How to Start a Movement

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: It takes two). 

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Emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Introduction

Katherine Fortier is a child and educational psychologist in the U.S. and the Netherlands specializing in psycho-educational consultations. In this TEDx talk, she discusses the value of emotional intelligence as opposed to IQ which is often looked to as the primary measure of intelligence. 

Why EQ Is More Important than IQ

Happiness and love are rooted in personal relationships. Learn the four stages of developing your awareness and emotional management skills. DIscover why EQ is even more important than IQ to your success and fulfillment. 

Decision Making

How to Make Hard Choices

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are. 

Why We Make Bad Decisions

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparl

Non-rational Decision Making

 Magnus Walker talks about his life journey of following his passion and going with his gut feeling which eventually led him to turning his dreams into his reality.

listening and communication

Better Listening

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert, Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you. 

How to Speak Better

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking -- from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful. 

Lead Like The Great Conductors

An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.


Getting to Yes Negotiation

William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.


Listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. William Ury shares stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders to provide us with impactful lessons, such as understanding the power of a human mind opening up. He asks us to join a listening revolution, and promises that if we all just listen a little bit more, we can transform any relationship.

Non-verbal Communication

The Hidden Power of Smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you will live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles a you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior. 

Body Language

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our changes for success.

How to Spot a Liar

On any given day we are lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detech those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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Good Ideas

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

When to Give Up The Driver Seat

Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: Sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to double, and suggests that ceding control -- especially on life-or-death decisions -- may be the best thing for us. 

Institution vs. Collaboration

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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Career Management

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

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Finding Life's Passions

Adam Leipzig, a noted movie and theater producer, discusses how to find your life's passion in 5 minutes.


The Learning Curve of Mastering New Skills

Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything, discusses the learning curve of mastering practical knowledge and skills. He describes how his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. 

Learning from Mistakes

Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

The Skill of Self-Confidence

As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer Team at Ryerson University, Dr. Ivan Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In this talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives. 


Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. 

Why 30 is Not the New 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn't mean you can't start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.

How to Live Before You Die

At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself.

Work-Life Balance

How Will You Measure Your Life

"It's actually really important that you succeed at what you're succeeding at, but that isn't going to be the measure of your life." Too often, we measure success in life against the progress we make in our careers. But how can we ensure we're not straying from our values as humans along the way? Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and world-renowned innovation guru, examines the daily decisions that define our lives and encourages all of us to think about what is truly important.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world's businesses -- and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it. 

Change Management vs. Change Leadership

John Kotter discusses the difference between "change management" and "change leadership" and whether it's just a matter of semantics.

Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.


Disruptive Innovation

Clay Christensen explains his landmark theory of disruptive innovation; utilizing a simple product that can displace existing competitors. 

Trial and Error

Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: They were build through trial and error. In this sparkling talk, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

Time Off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.


Winning and Success

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines sucess and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

A Different Path To Success

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure  -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgements. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work. 


Spreading Ideas

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Game Theory

When two people are trying to make a deal -- whether they're competing or cooperating -- what's really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals how badly we predict what others are thinking. Bonus: He presents an unexpected study that shows chimpanzees might just be better at it.

Delayed Gratification

Dr. Sean Richardson takes lessons learned from the professional athlete's locker room to provide an overview of the subtleties of human brain & behaviour function to facilitate overcoming the normal & predictable human barriers to success.


Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust in musical leadership -- then shows how it works, as he conducts the Scottish Ensemble onstage. 


As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Tribal Leadership

David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

Character: Gifts vs. Choices

In this Princeton University graduation address, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the case that our character is reflected not in the gifts we're endowed with at birth, but by the choices we make over the course of a lifetime.