Top 10 YouTube Channels Every Leader Should Be Following

Paul Sohn - Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

One of my favorite things to do when I find free time is find interesting YouTube channels. With over 6 billion hours of video and thousands of channels, YouTube offers great content for anyone who wants to become a leader worth following. Over the last several years, I came across numerous YouTube channels that I’ve consistently visited which as become an incredible source of my own leadership development.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business’ mission is to create ideas that deepen and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world. One of my favorite playlist is “View From the Top” which is a premier speaker series, bringing the most respected leaders from variety of business, government, and social sectors to share their personal reflections and insights on effective leadership.

View From The Top, the Dean’s premier speaker series, brings well-respected leaders from a variety of business, government and social sectors, and from around the world to share their personal reflections and insights on effective leadership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business community. Some of my favorite speakers include Jeff Immelt, Alan Mulally, Oprah Winfrey.

Talks at Google

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Talks at Google began in 2005 as the Authors@Google series to bring innovative authors to speak at Google. The program has since grown to include musicians, filmmakers, chefs, intellectuals, and innovators. The program brings speakers of all stripes to Google for talks centering on their recently published books and to discuss topics capturing the intellectual zeitgeist of the day. The Talks at Google program brings authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds to Google for talks centering on their work. One of my favorite playlist “Leading at Google” showcases top leadership gurus including, Adam Grant, Jim Kouzes, Jonah Berger who share their leadership insights.

Harvard Business Review

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Harvard Business Review’s mission is to improve the practice of management in a changing world. Through the flagship magazine, licensed editions, website, and books, HBR provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact. This is where I go to for the cutting-edge management and leadership practices that is shared by thought leaders. Three of my favorite playlist include, “Leadership,” “Innovation,” and “Strategy.” The bit-sized interviews provide outstanding material to learn new ideas.

World Economic Forum

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The World Economic Forum is the international organization committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. It engages with business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is independent, impartial and not tied to any interests. It cooperates closely with all leading international organizations.

TED Talks

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. One of my goals is to become a TED Talks speaker. I wrote about how to deliver a compelling TED Talk. Browse the variety of fascinating playlists here, including, business, art & design, business, education and more.

Biola University

The entrance to Biola University in La Mirada on Wednesday July 18, 2012. The La Mirada Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a master plan to increase Biola University enrollment from an existing cap of 5,000 to 6,800 that will include demolition of 25 buildings, the construction of 16 new buildings and three parking structures and an increase from 1.5 million square feet of buildings to 1.7 million. (SGVN/Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)

Biola University is a private Christian university in Southern California. Biola is recognized as a national leader in Christian higher education — and the first evangelical Christian college to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a “National University.” For 100 years, Biola has offered biblically centered education, career preparation and intentional spiritual development in an environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. By far, my favorite playlist includes Biola’s “Leadership Lecture Series.” In this series, leaders share a wealth of practical advice on pairing the often conflicting worlds of faith and business. Some of my favorite videos include, Wayne Grudem, Dallas Willard, and many others as they attempt to analyze topics of work, business, leadership, stewardship, faith, and money from a Christian perspective.

The RSA

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The RSA is a non-profit organisation working to meet 21st century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world. The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action. The RSA is famous for it’s “RSA Animate” playlist where it illustrates key ideas into visuals. One of my favorites is the video below where Daniel Pink illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Vital Smarts

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VitalSmarts is an innovator in corporate training and leadership development. With award-winning training products based on more than 30 years of ongoing research, VitaSmarts has helped more than 300 of the Fortune 500 realize significant results using a proven method for driving rapid, sustainable, and measurable change in behaviors. They have a very interesting series called The Behavioral Science (BS) Guys, where bestselling authors David Maxfield and Joseph Grenny use behavioral science to explain why smart people do dumb things when they’re simply “following the crowd.” One of my favorite videos is called “One Simple Skill to Overcome Peer Pressure” in which the authors conduct an experiment to explore the power of social influence – also known as peer pressure. They found that 2/3 of any group regardless of gender, age, or background goes along with the crowd proving that social influence is extremely powerful.

Q Ideas

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Q was created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to collaborate and explore ideas about how the Gospel can be expressed within our cultural context. Q was birthed out of Gabe Lyons’ vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. Inspired by Chuck Colson’s statement, “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals,” Gabe set out to reintroduce Christians to what had seemed missing in recent decades from an American expression of Christian faithfulness; valuing both personal and cultural renewal, not one over the other. One of my favorite videos comes from Tim Keller in which he talks about why culture matters.

Center for Creative Leadership

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Leadership development is all CCL do. For more than four decades CCL have leveraged the power of leadership to transform individuals, teams, entire organizations and societies to achieve what matters most to them — with results that are powerful, measurable, and enduring. They have one of the best, innovative solutions that is steeped in extensive research where they have worked with tens of thousands of organizations and more than million leaders at all levels. CCL was ranked among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Financial Times. 

Question: What are your favorite YouTube channels for leadership development? Please share in the comments section!


  • Gene

    Paul, this list along with your list of leadership books is quite inspirational. Let me ask you. How do you organize your time to input so much content, as great as it is.

  • Paul, are you going to be at Q Denver this year?

  • Great list. Oh boy, I can get sidetracked in those for sure. I actually have an addiction issue with TED Talks

  • GarySweeten

    As soon as the term “should” is used, I resist. Research shows it is a term of pushiness not encouragement. So, I wonder if the videos you suggest are also pushy.

  • Great list! Thanks for sharing!