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Five inspiring TED Talks on female leadership

Trouble saying no? Lack the confidence to say yes? There’s a TED Talk for that.

Whether you need help negotiating a pay rise, are juggling the balance of career and home life, or just need a confidence boost, TED could help.

TED Talks have inspired and educated millions of people across the world.

Here are five inspirational talks on female leadership that every media woman should know about.

Sarah Knight


The Magic Of Not Giving A F****

Saying “yes” to everything, feeling the need to please everyone, is a struggle faced by many women. This humorous TED Talk by the bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight, outlines her “Not Sorry Method” to help women gain the confidence to say “no.”

Leila Hoteit


Three lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman

Female leaders worldwide face similar challenges; earning less than their male peers, enduring harassment in the workplace and juggling personal and professional lives. But women in Arab countries face additional hurdles. There’s much to be learned from their success and tenacity.

Professional Arab woman, engineer, advocate and mother, Leila Hoteit shares three lessons for thriving in the modern world.

Ruth Chang


How To Make Hard Choices

Facing big decisions can be a challenge for many women, especially when making career changes, negotiating a better salary, or pursuing their interests. Philosopher Ruth Chang shares insights on how to reframe your mindset, so future challenges and big decisions are no longer agonisingly difficult.

Sheryl Sandberg


Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Although this TED Talk was featured more than a decade ago, the challenges facing professional women still exist today. Former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg unpacks the reasons why fewer women than men reach the top of their professions.

Robin Hauser


The Likeability Dilemma for Women Leaders

Bias towards women leaders still exists, according to documentarian Robin Hauser. Her TED Talk explores the ‘likeability dilemma’ faced by women in leadership roles, and works to untangle the unconscious beliefs and gendered thinking that distort what it means to be a good leader


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