The inner journey to leadership | Leslie Stein | TEDxFremontEastWomen

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  • Published on Jun 18, 2015
  • A veteran of the military, Leslie shares her unconventional, wildly funny leadership lessons.
    Leslie Stein is a speaker, trainer and coach focussed on helping individuals and organizations get to peak performance.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 101

  • DAV URGE
    DAV URGE 4 months ago

    Rockin' Ms Leslie- thank you so much! Great job! Smart divergence

  • Moriah N.
    Moriah N. 7 months ago

    Amazing TED talk!! I will be saving this!

  • Barbara Glazier
    Barbara Glazier 10 months ago

    Leslie this talk is riveting. I hung on every single word. Your brilliance chutzpah authenticity and vulnerability are pure magic. When I think of a talk only you can deliver I will remember this talk

  • Joy Brooks
    Joy Brooks 11 months ago

    Les your amazing.

  • Ruia Aperahama
    Ruia Aperahama Year ago

    Leslie Stein, you are not only a beautiful women, but your leadership message is even more beautiful...speak up..it creates the environment...at the risk of being called a liability, while being passionate, compassionate, empathetic and intelligent, never to chase what others are doing best, but doing what the inner leadership does best...thank you..the environment will adapt...brilliant..just brilliant!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Ruia Aperahama just saw your comments...thank you so much for the kind words & encouragement! They are so very appreciated!!

  • jouxpane
    jouxpane Year ago

    This is the bread sandwich of Ted talks. This pretty lady is so chuck full of herself. Not trying to hate on her, but the message is so fluff.

  • Bluntly Blondie
    Bluntly Blondie Year ago

    Fabulous talk. Would’ve been better wearing a wonder woman cape.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Heather Walker isn’t everything better with a Wonder Woman cape?! 😜

  • Ayub Khan
    Ayub Khan Year ago

    When your good actions inspires to dreams More , Learn More , Develop More . Think More , do More , Become More , you are a great Leader with your Strong Motivational Leadership !!! Regards

  • Ayub Khan
    Ayub Khan Year ago

    well Appreciated and a great Motivational Talk all about the Inner Journey to Leadership . When your good actions inspires to dreams More , Learn More , Develop More . Think More , do More , Become More , you are a great Leader with your Strong Motivational Leadership ..If you want to be happy,set a goal that commands your thoughts, and inspires your-hopes in a right way and Liberates your Positive energy with your positive Thoughts by your strong Motivation and deep inspirations.I am sure "You will be having a lot of happiness and Peace of Mind in your Life. .

  • Dave Agar
    Dave Agar Year ago

    I watch and learn each night. I will continue to do this. I hope I will find another that was this good.Thank you.

  • Kim Townsel
    Kim Townsel Year ago +1

    Excellent! I so needed this encouragement right now.

  • William Higgins
    William Higgins Year ago

    So wonderful...

  • Keita Aboubacar Sidiki

    I enjoy it, very supportive.

  • Larry Rosen
    Larry Rosen Year ago

    I love this talk. It inspiring. Vulnerable. Humble. Honest. And Leslie Stein was so natural, at ease, likeable. And funny! The title of the talk is IMO unfortunate - it does not convey what the talk is truly about (showing up as the real you). Im a TEDx speaker myself and RU-clip must think that our talks are similar because each time I’d go to my own talk to see how the views were doing, youtube would recommend Leslie’s talk to me. The 30th time I finally gave it a look (despite the title). And wow. Such a warm feeling afterward. I wish I could speak with such ease, humor and presence. I wish I were as likeable! But mostly, I found the message touching and inspiring. Thank you Leslie Stein. And great recommendation RU-clip!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Larry Rosen oohhh...what is your talk called?! I want to watch it now!!!! And thank you for the kind words...they mean a lot from a fellow speaker!!

  • Citizen
    Citizen Year ago

    I can absolutely resonate. I have been there. I retired from Army and thought corporate HR will listen.... I have worn the Superman outfit and often got it torn int pieces .... by superego bosses who think and behaved "god". But, I have no regrets because I value the integrity for which I stand for and speak the authentic truth.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Citizen love meeting fellow vets & superheroes!! Thanks for your kind words!!

  • Tony Sardjono
    Tony Sardjono Year ago

    In this talk , Leslie shares her unconventional, wildly funny leadership lessons. I have never been so entertained in my life before.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Tony Sardjono haha!! So glad I could entertain you!! Have a great day!

  • Bill Wong
    Bill Wong Year ago

    First of all, thank you for your service to our country.
    Second of all, great talk! I appeared on this stage twice myself. You have such a strong stage presence! I learned a lot from your talk and I have shared it with my peers... as I am an occupational therapist by trade and a leadership geek.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Bill Wong just stumbled across your comment & thank you for your kind words!! Have a great day!

  • Momanita Lulu
    Momanita Lulu Year ago

    "authentically act in service..." love that!

  • Emily Dean
    Emily Dean Year ago

    Amazing video, interesting insight and great charisma. So powerful and beautiful spoken. Amazing!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Emily Dean thank you so much for your kind words!!

  • Rara Avis
    Rara Avis 2 years ago

    Love this talk...made me think of "The Power of Vulnerability" right away - which is one of my favourite ted talks ever. I got to say though...this whole "speaking up" thing doesn't work very well on people who aren't too bright/self reflected/curious (which, sadly, are the majority of people you deal with unless you're very well educated, ambitious and/or wealthy. I'm a very outgoing, confident person and have rarely hesitated to propose change or ask for/offer help in the various jobs I did so far and yet I got so frustrated by people not wanting to improve even the most obvious flaws in work routines or dealing with each other that I finally became a freelancer. I get by quite well and haven't regretted taking that step but my main incentive wasn't self improvement of some kind but not having to deal with stupid bosses/colleagues anymore. Sighs. Still, I hope you're right and people/environments can change for the better when people speak up...

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Rara Avis I so feel you on this! I also became a freelancer & in working with one company found the best piece of advice, “Go where you are wanted.” I may speak up 50 times & only 2 people are interested...those are the ones I focus on!! So hard to leave behind the other 48 opportunities...but if the time isn’t right or the people aren’t ready, I find it best to wish them well & move on! Huge hugs to you, my friend!!

  • Zed Zidar
    Zed Zidar 2 years ago

    Exactly!
    Be the best version of yourself.
    If you are good enough people will follow.
    BTW - you do not need to be best in everything,
    just in that thing that is important to the team.
    You are an asset when you are the best.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      Zed Zidar exactly! Love your words here...don’t have to be the best at everything, just be an asset to the team! 👍🏼

  • earthstardevi
    earthstardevi 2 years ago

    Thank you!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein Year ago

      earthstardevi just noticed your comment! You are so welcome!

  • ob312100
    ob312100 3 years ago +2

    So glad I discovered this today. What an inspiration to me. I needed to hear this. Thank you.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +1

      Just found your comment...it put a huge smile on my face! Glad you got the message when you needed it most. :)

  • Shwaun Dizayee
    Shwaun Dizayee 3 years ago +3

    First, Thank You for your service Capt. I am actually using part of your Tedx Talk for part of my presentation, I am talking about a book that i read over the winter break called "Women Who Don't Wait In Line" by Reshma Saujani. I go to a 90% pop. off women college in Texas. Thanks for such a great Tedx Talk.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +1

      +Shwaun Dizayee you just made my morning!!! So glad part of the video could hit home...totally why I did it!!! Sending hellos + high-5s back to you, MG Saunders, & all those assets you were talking to!!!

    • Shwaun Dizayee
      Shwaun Dizayee 3 years ago +1

      Major. Gen. Saunders, told me to tell you hello. She saw my prezi, I was the only guy in the room when I did this presentation with two other girls. I used the first the part of the video to hit home about being a asset!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      So happy my talk is useful to you!! Thank you for your kind words & good luck with your presentation!!

  • Suz Happens
    Suz Happens 3 years ago +5

    What a great talk! It's so refreshing to be reminded we can just be ourselves and our environment will allow it and be forgiving. I have a horrible habit of taking one step forward then overthinking things to death and wanting approval from others before I go further. This is a reminder to just listen to myself and my hopes and dreams and where I'm guided, not where anyone else is guiding me.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Joe Haden tha is for the comment!! I haven't been doing regular videos recently but am thinking about getting back to them!! Your comment definitely ups my motivation to do that!! Have an awesome day!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      Love your comment!! Sometimes it's so hard to get away from needing other people's approval. But in my experience, that's where all the magic happens!! Thanks for watching & your kind words!! ❤️🙏🏼

  • deadly dagger
    deadly dagger 3 years ago +3

    What a great and motivational talk! First of all, thank you Leslie for your service. Second, thank you for giving a new perspective on leadership and what it truly takes to be a leader. I was happy to hear of the take on vulnerability and using that as a strength, rather than a weakness. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • ameer touma
      ameer touma Year ago

      deadly dagger n

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    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +2

      So glad the message resonated with you!! Vulnerability is a strength for sure!! Wish more people would try it!! Happy leading, my friend!!

  • Brandi Peasley
    Brandi Peasley 3 years ago +2

    LESLIE, YOU ARE A WONDER WOMAN AND AN AMAZING ASSET!!!!! USMA '94

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +2

      Thank you so much!! So glad you enjoyed the talk!! Beat Navy!! 🏈

  • Susan Pualani Alden
    Susan Pualani Alden 3 years ago +4

    EnJOY the journey, Leslie. You rocked it sister! So proud of you and grateful for all you are doing to empower others to rise to their potential and make the world a better place. With Pride We Defend '97!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +2

      Thanks so much for your support & encouragement, Susan!! So grateful for our West Point sisterhood!!

  • Teresa Haering
    Teresa Haering 3 years ago +1

    This is a pass on link to TED talks, which I love on so many levels! I wish I had been aware of Leslie's presentation sooner (however I expect today is when I was supposed to see it in my journey). Keep sharing! When women leaders speak & share, we empower the next generation and teach them to change their environments!
    -Teresa Haering, USMA '89 - Beat Navy!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      Thank you for your awesome comments...and yes, definitely BEAT NAVY!!!

  • Andrea Baker
    Andrea Baker 3 years ago +2

    Leslie, excellent and inspiring talk. Thanks for your vulnerability and authenticity.
    USMA '84

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      So happy you enjoyed the talk! And of course...BEAT NAVY! 😜

  • Kathy Loper
    Kathy Loper 3 years ago +1

    Bravo Leslie! You are so inspiring. Seriously consider supporting/facilitating at the 40 years of Women at West Point Conference next year!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      So glad you enjoyed the talk! And oh my gosh...I would love to support the 40th anniversary celebration any way I can!! So proud to be part of the West Point Women sisterhood!!

  • Colleen Adams
    Colleen Adams 3 years ago +1

    Enjoyed this very much. I am an asset and the environment will adapt-powerful words of encouragement to be honest and authentic. Attributes that seem to be missing in society.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words! Glad the message resonates...hopefully we can spread more honesty & authenticity in the world one person + one day at a time!!

  • Donna Tougas
    Donna Tougas 3 years ago +1

    Empowering! Good empowering advice given in an entertaining way.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Donna Tougas so glad you enjoyed the message & delivery!! Thank you!!

  • Carol Howe
    Carol Howe 3 years ago +1

    I am so inspired. Thank-you!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      You are so very welcome! Glad you enjoyed the talk!!

  • Rachel Cohen Miller
    Rachel Cohen Miller 3 years ago +1

    This talk inspires positive change both in individuals and in the world! Thank you Leslie.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      So glad I could inspire you a little Rachel!!

  • Holly Jones
    Holly Jones 3 years ago +2

    There are so many things about this Ted Talk that speak to my heart! Thank you so much!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +1

      So glad it resonated, Holly! Thanks for the kind words!!!

  • Lisa D'Alessio
    Lisa D'Alessio 3 years ago +2

    I literally started clapping at the end. Brilliant information, given with heart and innovation. Thank you for this, Leslie

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Lisa D'Alessio Hahaha!!! Best. Response. EVER!!!!! I feel like I just got a mini standing ovations! ;-)

  • Kerry Bray
    Kerry Bray 3 years ago +2

    This is such a fantastic Ted Talk, really powerful! I loved the message of Leslie Stein. What an inspirational story

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Kerry Bray I am so happy it resonated with you!! Thanks for the kind words...anyone who takes time to make a positive comment is an asset in my book! :-)

  • Sandi Bohle
    Sandi Bohle 3 years ago +1

    Powerful, my friend! :-)

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Sandi Bohle Thank you!! I am so glad the message resonated!! Huge hugs to you...because YOU are most definitely an asset!!! :-)

  • Mary St Onge
    Mary St Onge 3 years ago +1

    honesty and vulnerability! love that!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +1

      +Mary St Onge...thank you!! Glad the message resonates!!

  • Melissa McClain
    Melissa McClain 3 years ago +3

    "Speaking up makes the environment safe." POWERFUL! I needed this inspiration! I used to wear Wonder Woman wristbands to work for a little added superpower. Thanks Leslie!!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago +1

      +Melissa McClain always happy to inspire!!! Especially when I get to inspire a fellow Wonder Woman! Keep rocking your awesomeness, girl!!!

  • Stacy Stutchbury
    Stacy Stutchbury 3 years ago +1

    you are always such an inspiration! keep shining and keep sharing your journeys!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 3 years ago

      +Stacy Stutchbury you just put a huge smile on my face...thank you for your kind words!!! So lucky to have a friend like you!!!

  • Kristin Bonilla
    Kristin Bonilla 4 years ago +1

    This video speaks straight to my heart! I AM that soldier who stifles herself because its just not what they want to see in the Army.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      So glad you are destuffing!! Give Kelly a big hug from me! Sure do miss my army family! :-)

    • Kristin Bonilla
      Kristin Bonilla 4 years ago

      Thank you! I have started the destifling process :) Kelly Kramer and I are taking a course together, and after I expressed my frustration, she suggested I look up your video! Very glad I did :)

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Kristin Bonilla I hope the video gives you hope!! I stifled myself for too long...and as I was getting out, people asked why & said that the army needed what I had. REALLY?! Sending you lots of positive thoughts & wishes that you speak up when you know it is needed!! :-)

  • Donald Smith
    Donald Smith 4 years ago +1

    Leslie!!!! You have completely blown me away!!! I truly enjoyed this presentation. I remember that you had told every one at the WCSA that you would be presenting and I am extremely proud of you!!! Keep inspiring the world with your life !!! :)

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      Oh wow...thank you so much!! Always happy to hear I have blown someone away!! Big hugs, my friend!! :)

  • Olga Santo Tomás Monroe
    Olga Santo Tomás Monroe 4 years ago +2

    Oh yes, sista! Inspiring, daring and courageous.

  • Allen Gregory
    Allen Gregory 4 years ago +1

    I saw this video because I got an email from Motivating The Masses and saw you on The Speaker. You had me glued from the first 5 seconds. Your energy is infectious. Your honesty is eye-opening. And your vulnerability makes me feel like I can do it too. Thank you so much Leslie Stein. I am better because of your talk.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago +1

      @Allen Gregory thank you so much for your kind words!! They mean more to me than you know!! I am happy the talk engaged you! But most importantly, happy you feel like you can do it to...because you CAN!!! I will be cheering for you, know that for sure!!! Thanks for taking the time to write your note...sign of a great leader in my book!!!

  • Jen Mavros
    Jen Mavros 4 years ago +1

    YOU'RE INCREDIBLE! :) :)

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Jen Mavros, C.C. Oh my gosh...thank you so much!! I am soooooooo happy our paths crossed! Mucho awesomeness in our futures! Mwah!!

  • David Spangler
    David Spangler 4 years ago +1

    Leslie, Great job classmate! I am proud to share this link at work and motivate my fellow Marines. Your talk reminds me of a conversation between BG St. Onge and myself at our graduation dance. Keep up the great work. David "Spanky" Spangler USMA 97

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      So happy you like talk enough to share!! And to be compared to BG St. Onge?! Wow...I'll take it!! Thank you so much for your kind words!! WPWD!!

  • Preston Newland
    Preston Newland 4 years ago +1

    terrific! Really inspiring, makes me want to find some courage to take risks.

  • Jamie Schiffer
    Jamie Schiffer 4 years ago +1

    Fantastic, inspirational talk on the importance of being authentic - let that vulnerability shine and create the environment you want to live in. ru-clip.com/video/EaEqRFe1jsg/video.html

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Jamie Schiffer I heart you, my friend!!! Authenticity + vulnerability ROCK! Let's keep on using them to create the world we want to live in!!! :-)

  • Darlene Stein
    Darlene Stein 4 years ago +2

    Love your down to earth style & stories! Everybody needs to know they are an asset!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Darlene Stein Thanks for the kind words!! YOU are an asset in my book!! Love you!!

  • Invisible Partner
    Invisible Partner 4 years ago +2

    Great content delivered in a very memorable way. Well done!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Invisible Partner thanks so much!! Glad it was a memorable talk!! Have an awesome weekend! :-)

  • Dolores Andrew-Gavin
    Dolores Andrew-Gavin 4 years ago +2

    A wonderful inspirational talk.

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @Dolores Andrew-Gavin Wow...thank you so much!! Always happy to inspire!!! :-)

  • runninro
    runninro 4 years ago

    Being a veteran myself....I can so relate to this. Had me giggling a few times...brings back some memories. Way to go Leslie!!!

    • Leslie Stein
      Leslie Stein 4 years ago

      @runninro First of all...thank you for your service!!! So glad I could have you giggling! Grateful for my military service...those ups & downs shaped me into the person I am today! Thanks for taking the time to write a few kind words...much appreciated! :-)