Real Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to inspire an unstoppable movement of impact leaders, envisions a future where every generation leaves the world far better than they found it. The Real Leaders Magazine and Podcast gives a platform to some of the most successful and inspirational leaders to share key takeaways and latest practices they’ve been implementing in their careers and beyond. Each year Real Leaders identifies the Top 50 Keynote Speakers, some of which will be present at this year’s World’s Top 50 Speakers Summit.
The speakers featured have created stories, movements, and brands that challenge the world as we know it and move society into action. Uniting this community of far-sighted leaders during the summit will be thrilling for those seeking to maximize their impact and gain perspective on the most forward-thinking leadership strategies.
For those looking to grow in business and positive impact, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of how you could benefit from learning about these speakers. Here’s a list of 5 out of the Top 50 Speakers who you might catch at this years Summit!
“Mudita is the principle of taking sympathetic or unselfish joy in the good fortune of others. If I only find joy in my own successes, I’m limiting my joy. But if I can take pleasure in the successes of my friends and family—ten, twenty, fifty people!—I get to experience fifty times the happiness and joy. Who doesn’t want that?”
In his bestselling book Think Like a Monk Jay Shetty shares the ancient wisdom he learned as a monk and explains how these teachings are crucial to apply in business, career, and relationships in the modern world. Many of his approaches are counterintuitive to what we’ve been taught about business and competition – like in the quote above, Jay shows us how being selflessly happy for the successes of others provides us more joy, and when we are joyous, we can see the best in people and be better leaders.
Instead of a scarcity-based mindset that we should feel threatened by the wins of others, or that it’s a waste of time to celebrate others, the shift to being more open to joy and positivity is one people are recognizing as imperative for modern impact leadership thanks to Jay. Leaders who are open and receptive to those around them, who encourage a free flow of ideas, and celebrate everyone’s wins are the ones excelling in business and providing better work environments to achieve impactful results.
Follow Jay Shetty as he is on a mission to inspire and empower as many people as possible to find their purpose in life through his teachings. Driven by passion, Jay has built an impressive following for his podcast On Purpose where he talks to influential celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Alicia Keys, and Big Sean about how his principles relate to the success they’ve achieved and the millions they’ve inspired.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
Simon Sinek believes in optimism as the guiding north star for leadership in the 21st century. Backed by the latest on neuroscience, he shows us how the most powerful and influential brands, leaders, and movements understood this one concept of starting with why. In his book Start With Why, Sinek flawlessly breaks down how leading with intention and purpose (why) at the core before figuring out logistics (how) and final product (what) is how organizations like Apple achieved immense success and redefined their respective industries. Apple isn’t selling you a computer, or a phone, but an idea, a value – they sell thinking different and challenging the status quo. Their processes and products are simply a magnificent representation of those ideas, and that’s why people remain loyal year over year.
We can look at Simon’s approach as we start setting goals for the new year. Instead of thinking about just what you want to get accomplished, start to think about why you want to set goals to begin with. Getting clear with ourselves is the starting point to lasting change, so remember to always keep in mind and question why when setting your goals, taking on a new project, or when you’re preparing for your next meeting.
We love Simon because of his belief in a bright future and our ability to build it together. To achieve the best results, Sinek believes in a world where everyone wakes up inspired and goes to bed fulfilled by the work they did.
“When people put labels on us, it doesn’t always enclose everything that we are. So even though I’m proud to be Somali, I’m proud to be American, at the end of the day, I’m still Halima, and I take things from both sides and combine them, and I make my own little category. I’m me!”
The quote above from Halima Aden is a huge reminder to always stay true to ourselves and be proud of the things that make us unique. Halima did just that when she became the first acclaimed hijab-wearing model in fashion, utilizing her position in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to promote Muslim inclusivity in fashion and beyond. Since then, Halima has become a UNICEF Ambassador, with the focus of her work being on children’s rights.
When it comes to reaching our goals and maximizing impact, Halima’s story serves as an inspiration to use our uniqueness to serve others, even if it means breaking some societal norms. Our goals should be our goals – meaning they are in alignment with who we are as individuals, beyond our labels. When we do this, we can maximize our impact by seeing how we’re best suited to serve a group of people when we show up authentically as ourselves.
Aden is an aspirational model for what inclusive leadership looks like. She has successfully used the platform she built in modeling to break social barriers. She demonstrates courage and grace being only 25 years old. Halima shows us that with a bit of courage, we can leave the world a better place than we found it. We’re excited to see how she continues to inspire us to step into our own light!
“Three decisions that we all control each moment of our lives: what to focus on, what things mean, and what to do in spite of the challenges that may appear.”
Tony Robbins is an iconic author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. A maverick in the self-help world, Tony has been producing countless books, tapes, and seminars for several decades that have helped a plethora of people overcome their personal challenges and build a better life for themselves. He has studied the psychology, habits, and methods of successful people and provides his audience with a scientific, step-by-step process of how to bring about lasting change.
Once our goals are set, we must consistently take action towards them – and challenges will inevitably arise. Tony’s quote above gives us a model to apply to problem solving in all aspects of life. He reminds us that every single one of us has the power to make a choice on what to focus on, what things mean, and what to do in spite of the challenges that may appear.
“In a perfect dream, things would be set exactly the way you would want them. But I think it’s more interesting that in real life, things aren’t exactly the way you planned.”
Naomi is a professional tennis player who has ranked as #1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association. If that isn’t impressive enough, Naomi’s aspirations have expanded beyond the world of sport. During the US Open she used her platform to raise awareness of racial violence victims by wearing their names on a mask. She also founded Play Academy, an organization that aims to level the playing field for girls through play and sport.
Naomi’s quote above is a testament to how flexibility on our growth journey is paramount to hitting goals and maximizing impact. It’s easy to become rigid in our approach, thinking about how things “should” be, but ultimately all we ever have is the present moment to enact our desired changes. As we continue to take on new challenges, let’s take interest in how things show up differently than we expected. Often times there is a lesson there to be gained, if we can just let go of our attachment to how things should be.
A Priceless Opportunity to Have an Impact This Year
Check out the full list of the Top 50 Speakers, some of which will be giving speeches at the summit this year. Becoming an unstoppable leader doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We get there by sharing ideas, and helping each other grow. The world needs us to step up today, and these incredible speakers want to equip you as best as they can. Start listening, so you can use the wisdom and amplify it further.