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Five videos for the modern leader

Youtube may only be five years old, but it has proven to be a revolutionary force in leading the video age on the Internet. Video is now a mainstay on the web, but finding informative and entertaining clips can be a painstaking process. While there are thousands to choose from, we've gathered up five videos that we think all leaders will be better for watching.

1. Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

TED is chock-full of informative and captivating videos that are for and by leaders. Derek Sivers's talk about how to start a movement is both comical and mind opening. In addressing the importance of followers to any leader, Sivers provides engaging insight into how the best leaders are often those who attract others with unique ideas and then let the movement take control.

2.Think Different

This Apple ad leads with a fundamental leadership premise: Be courageous enough to be yourself. Entertaining, inspiring, and educational, this clip is a must-download on any leader's iPhone. Filled with role models and ideas to emulate, this clip will get you thinking about your leadership style, philosophy and broader goals.

3. On Leadership: Xerox's Anne Mulcahy on female leaders

The On Leadership video archive here at the Washington Post offers probing insights into the minds of some of the today's most fascinating leaders. From the Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona to General Petraeus, these interviews offer unique views. Anne Mulcahy's interview may fly under the radar, but it shouldn't. Her thoughts on women in leadership and the value of leading authentically are fodder for even the mightiest of the corporate elite.

4. Alan Dershowitz's Big Question

Famed Harvard Legal professor, Dershowitz, asks developing and aspiring leaders to think forward. Taking a page from science fiction, Dershowitz asks his students to imagine the future and what issues will have to be confronted. In asking the question, his hope is to get people thinking about where we're going, prepare them to confront challenges, and assume a leadership position along the way.

5. Derek Redmond's Run

This fancyboyproductions product is arguably the most moving of a wonderful collection of stirring videos. This take on Derek Redmond's historic Olympic run gets the goose bumps going, but also drives home some valuable leadership lessons. We're all subject to disappointment and failure, but leaders are defined and remembered for how they react in times of crisis. Similarly, the people we surround ourselves with are often the keys to our achievements, helping us through when the going gets tough. When your time comes, how will you react, and who will help you through the finish line?

We hope you enjoyed our picks. Let us know what you think, and tell us what your favorite leadership video is. We know you have some good ones!

By Joe Frontiera  |  June 28, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  | Category:  Leadership , Leadership skills , Pop Culture , Technology Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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