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Great leadership starts with self-leadership | Lars Sudmann | TEDxUCLouvain

At TEDxUtopia, the question was asked: What would leadership in Utopia look like? To start with, imagine the best leader you have ever worked with. How did he or she get to become this type of leader? Leadership lecturer and former corporate executive Lars Sudmann argues that it’s likely that they learned to overcome the “leadership formula of doom” and then developed themselves as a leader. In this funny and invigorating talk Lars walks us through the personal journeys of great leaders, shows lessons from the golden age of leadership and shares 3 strategies on self-leadership to develop yourself into a “Utopia leader”.

Lars Sudmann is a leadership advisor and award-winning lecturer. He studies and researches what makes the most advanced organizations and leaders successful – and then he shares that knowledge with the world. He has had a business career of more than 10 years in management and finance with Procter & Gamble, e.g. as the Chief Financial Officer of Belgium, and he has lived and worked in Europe and Asia. Trends/Tendance, the Belgian Business Magazine, and the BBC have called on his expertise. Additionally, he is currently a university lecturer in Aachen and Braunschweig (both Germany).

What does leadership in Utopia look like? How does leadership work in a future ultra-networked world? And is there one leadership ideal that we can all strive towards, and if yes, what is holding us back from achieving it? In this highly engaging talk, leadership expert Lars Sudmann will dive into the past, present and future of excellent leadership.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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  1. I actually could see Trump saying something like that. Why are so many Ted talks going liberal? I don’t trust any study that came out of UC Berkeley especially when it involves cookies. He lost me at that point.

  2. Aujourd’hui un ami m’a demandé comment est-ce que j’ai acquis mon leadership. En réfléchissant mon passé, je m’ai rendu compte dont ce qui a été la clé pour moi, était précisément être, en première lieu, le leader de moi même. Maintenant, en regardant cette vidéo, je vois que ce n’était seulement une idée bizarre de moi, puisque en fait on utilise les mêmes mots, merci beaucoup.

  3. Just recalling the key points
    To lead others we need to first start by leading ourselves. (40% of time)
    Self leadership consists of
    1) Self Awareness – Recall who is leader you like/don't like. Compare their actions with yours and adapt.
    2) Self reflection – 2 to 5 minutes a day
    3) Self resolution – If getting frustrated, gauge the importance of the issue and act accordingly

  4. Trump, through habit and lifelong study, has mastered the art of self leadership and leadership of others. His success and positive resiliency in spite of overwhelming obstacles speaks for itself. You possess a fraction of his leadership ability you prick.

  5. Self awareness,self reflection and self regulations will lead us to a great self leadership style to be a better person as we move a step closer towards goodness in this journey of ours…

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