Connections Between Leadership and Play?

So, the title may be misleading… Lotto and O’Toole propose a connection between science and play. But when you watch the short video, try replacing “science” with “leadership”.

What similarities or differences do you “notice”?

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26 Responses to Connections Between Leadership and Play?

  1. Esther Jeong says:

    This Ted lecture was so fascinating. I’m going to go back with my sketchbook and write down notes! Although this experiment was all about science, it absolutely relates to leadership in that the process is the same! Perception is from experience which makes it difficult for us to see or desire change because we are rooted in history. This can make it a challenge for leaders to create a movement towards the betterment of society or their company/ organization because changing people’s perception is not an easy task. But the speaker speaks of how it originates from questioning. This leads to uncertainty but despite people’s comfort, uncertainty leads to experimentation or “play” and then a possible outcome for new and better results. This process can be vital to bring about social change because just like science, questions need to be asked and chances need to taken.

  2. Jake Brown says:

    First off love the accent and the clothes, this dude id classy. Second I really like what he said about play being intrinsically motivated. This means that play is its own reward, playing correctly results in the ability to have more play. I love that idea and think it works perfectly with leadership styles. Our leadership should be fulfilling to us and reward itself with better and more leadership, more social influence and change for the better. Good talk, goooooooood talk.

  3. Luke Carroll says:

    This study truly is new and innovative and fascinating. The collaborative effort of all parties involved was truly stupendous. When replacing science with leadership I truly didn’t get the whole picture until Amy spoke at the end when she, “anyone, and I mean anyone can be a scientist and discover new things.” That really struck a chord with me because I believe that though there are those that are more gifted leaders there is still a way for anyone anywhere to become a leader in their own way! Whether it is by discovering how bees correlate to humans and their behavioral psychology or by leading a Relay for Life team at your school. Anyone can become a leader they just have to be given the opportunity and guidance.

  4. Lauren Nance says:

    I really enjoyed hearing this speaker. I definitely want a pet frog now. I really like what Luke pointed out though about what he said dealing with anyone becoming a leader. It is such a true statement. We all range differently in the different types of personalities we have. Some of us like to be quiet, behind-the-scenes leaders while others want to be front and center giving speeches and making movements. I think either of the two is perfectly fine as long as you’re carrying out your duties as a leader and being the best you can be for your followers. After all, if everyone was the same, I think things would get pretty boring, pretty fast.

  5. Morgan Carson says:

    This video was very intriguing with the opening of reading the words and and the frog video. I was draw into this speaker almost immediately. My favorite part of the video is when the speaker says “The teachers said we couldn’t do it. So we did it anyways.” That showed me determination which is a key quality every leader needs to possess. The question posed if bees think the same way as humans truly demonstrates leadership. People can seem different, but in the end, leadership is a talent and it needs to be honed and perfected into the best capable form of leadership.

  6. Grace Ellis says:

    When the speaker described the aspects of play, I thought many of the phrases connected to ideas about leadership. The first was “celebrate uncertainty”. Leaders have a vision for the future, but they must also be open to new ideas or changes in plans. They also must be “adaptable to change” and “open to possibility” to take on new and complex situations. Leaders and followers have to be “cooperative” so they can collaborate and work together effectively. The last aspect of play was “intrinsically motivated”. Each person in a group has to be self-motivated and driven to do well on their own.

  7. Cat Hauser says:

    I don’t know if i am interpreting this correctly, but I like the connection between leadership and play. I think that leadership is really molded and figured out by play. For example, if there were a bunch of kids on a play ground and they all wanted to play a game, one kid would step up and organize it. That kid would learn leadership skills and the rest of the kids would learn follower skills without even knowing it. I think this would shape leaders and help people determine more natural born leaders.

  8. Catherine (Cate) Beach says:

    I really enjoyed this video and its idea on how play is a key component in leadership and science. I would have never thought of how play would be considered as the method part of a scientific experiment, but it makes sense. And I agree with Kat and her idea that leadership is found in the games kids play because there is a natural leader that comes about to develop the game and the followers play the game. Kids are where everything begins and I don’t think adults should sell them short. We can learn a lot from kids, whether its through science or leadership.

  9. Miles Rachner says:

    The one thing that stuck out the most to me that was similar was change. In class we have talked about how change requires some form of leadership. That someone has to realize a problem or a need for change, and then more importantly act to accomplish that change. This is really similar to the video in the way that we have to challenge things that we think we already know. This requires change. Also when we want or need change, it sometimes takes us into the realm of uncertainty, which was a huge point in the video. So in basic terms, when we want to figure out something we don’t know in science we must use science to solve the problem. Then when we want change, we need leaders to stand up and act in order for things to get done.

  10. Allyson True says:

    I think the uncertainty in this video can be related to leadership in that when you follow a leader or decide that your opinion doesn’t match that of the staus quo, there is uncertainty. You don’t know what will happen when you follow that leader and go against the grain, but I think that is what makes change happen. When there is uncertainty, it tends to make you believe more strongly in your value or goal, and when people are more determined, a change can happen.

  11. Alexander Jones says:

    These TED talks always make me think strongly one way or the other. In this case, I really can’t say whether I agree or not because of the uncertainty found within in it. This video definitely does show that change can and will happen though, especially when a determined group steps up to make a change that they all want to happen.

  12. kelsey edmonds says:

    I really enjoyed this video and I think it is very accurate when it talks about how uncertainty leads to change. In order for leaders to create social change in a society, they must be cooperative, intrinsically motivated, and overall, open to possibility. Just like science, it is hard to develop confidence if you study the unknown or challenge what has already been found. However, if these uncertainties are never questioned, nothing will be changed in the end. Leaders play a crucial role in moving away from the status quo and it is their job to stand up and make a difference.

  13. Thomas Nave says:

    This is such a cool video! I think the idea that anyone has the potential to make change in the world is such an interesting concept. You would never guess that a group of kids would possess the ability to perform a publish-worthy experiment. Uncertainty can be a good thing, because it broadens our imagination and expands our knowledge in ways that we never would think possible.

    • Taylor McClain says:

      I agree here. It’s amazing to me how young those kids were. Even more amazing was how genuinely interested they were in what they were doing! I wonder if this TED talk has influenced other scientists to work with children.

  14. Emily Hucks says:

    In this video he is talking about perception and how the brain takes meaningless words and letters and makes them have a meaning. I interpreted this video the same as Cat. I also believe that leadership is modeled after play, and in order to have leadership is to play first and learn skills in that way and then apply them to leadership. Leadership is just like play. He said in the video that play is something that celebrates uncertainty, but is adaptable. Leadership is adaptable, but doesn’t necessarily celebrate uncertainty.

  15. Crista Watson says:

    I really took what this video said into consideration. I thought it was so interesting how play is its own reward. It is fun, enjoyable, adaptable. I don’t know a single person who didn’t want to or like to play. I never questioned the facts because they were facts. I think that in leadership, everything is questioned because there is no one right way of leading, just like there is no right way of playing.

  16. Kristina Gallagher says:

    I like that the message of this video is that anyone can make a change. Sometimes we think that we have to be famous or in a position of authority to be able to make a difference, but this video is proof that is not the case.

  17. Andrew says:

    All to often people feel like they are to insignificant to make a real change, but the message in this video is that we can all make a change if we are determined to lead.

  18. Ethan Brown says:

    I have always believed that no matter who you are, or your background, that you are capable of making a sustainable difference in a unique way to society. This being said I also believe anyone has the potential to be a leader. They simply must hone their skills and be placed in proper scenarios and by doing this one is capable of contributing in a positive and meaningful way to society.

  19. Hoo In Won says:

    First of all, i had to listen much carefully to understand the girl speaking because of her accent. I believe that regardless to what one is, everyone has capacity to influence the communities to achieve common goal, which we call a leader. Leader can always be treated like serious person who is mature, intelligent, not young, who deal with serious stuff all the time but the video shows leader does not need to be young, intelligent than other, nor deal with serious stuff. Leader can be anyone and can treat serious stuff merely as a play.

  20. Libby Howe says:

    I found it kind of revolutionary that someone so young can carry the label of a “published scientist” with something so simple as watching bees. However, the concept they came up with to research was original and not something I would have considered. In relation to leadership, Amy was a leader for the voices of young scientists and Beau was a leader for the concept that of perception. Leaders can be perceived in different ways while, simultaneously, leaders perceive in different ways.

  21. Haley Ward says:

    This was an awesome video! Just as Morgan said, I thought it was brilliant when the speaker said that “The teachers said they couldn’t do it, so we did it anyways.” I love how this video displays to us that no matter who it is, everyone can make a change in this world, just as this young girl has.

  22. Kyla Mauro says:

    The idea that you have to be creative and courageous to make change happen in this world comes through in this video. If you do not think out of the box and take a chance then change will never occur. This video shows that you do not have to be someone with a lot of power to promote and develop change. If you believe in what you are capable of change and creating change.

  23. Zack Snow says:

    I think that one of the biggest jobs of a leader is to bring people into this uncertainty. The speaker in this video, Beau I think, is a leader in the sense that he is leading this talk and exposing people to his ideas. This is what all leaders should do. Leaders need to, if you are comparing it with this video, lead people in to this uncertainty and expose them to these new ideas.

  24. Jerry Huang says:

    This speech is akin to the thought process of “thinking like a child” which is a common theme in developing minds. Thinking like a child means to be amazed by new information and feeling amused and happy when discovering new things. This sense of happiness when finding new discoveries is a bit overdone throughout the years as we constantly get this feeling. The feeling of excitement of a new discovery in life is difficult to reciprocate when in adulthood, but is important especially in leadership situations where this can be used as a motivation.

  25. Taylor McClain says:

    I think social change is similar to science. Every effort to change the status quo is like an experiment. A leader has to be able to play with the possible outcomes. A leader must incorporate different methods and different people to make a change.

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