Report | 20 October 2020

How to lead through uncharted times – TED2020 Insights

Whether you are in business or government, at a university or nonprofit, leading through a time of transformation is always a challenge — one where old metrics for decision-making no longer work.

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Change.
It isn’t easy.

Whether you are in business or government, at a university or nonprofit, leading through a time of transformation is always a challenge — one where old metrics for decision-making no longer work, where building employee trust and motivation get tricky, and where there’s increased risk at each turn. That puts today’s leaders in a difficult position. Because for the past few months, our world has witnessed several overlapping crises unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s a humanitarian emergency on a global scale, and there’s no way yet of knowing the timeline or full impact. We are truly in uncharted waters. And it will be on leaders to find the way forward for their organization — to reassess current movement, point to shore, and get everyone rowing in the same direction toward it.

The theme for TED2020 — a first-of-its kind virtual conference — was, fittingly, “Uncharted.” And speakers throughout the eight-week program offered big ideas for leading effectively through this moment and any period of change to come. Brightline® Initiative, a long-time TED partner, was onhand, taking notes. Read on for our insights, plus a hefty dose of inspiration.