Leadership Lessons from Jean-Luc Picard

In what seems to be a growing into a series, Forbes has another article looking at the leadership lessons from Star Trek.  The specific challenges facing a Commander of the Star Ship Enterprise are probably a little different than those we face.  Nonetheless there are some things we can learn.

This time, Jean-Luc Picard is in focus.  Alex Knapp, the author, summarises his leadership:

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the model of a great 24th Century Starfleet captain. On his watch, the crew of the Enterprise successfully defended humanity against the judgement of the Q-Continuum, defeated the Borg, prevented the Romulans from installing a puppet government in the Klingon Empire, and encountered countless new species.

Knapp then moves on to identify five transferable leadership principles:

  1. Speak to people in the language they understand
  2. When you’re overwhelmed, ask for help
  3. Always value ethical actions over expedient ones
  4. Challenge your team to help them grow
  5. Don’t play it safe – seize opportunities in front of you

All of these seem to me to transfer well to leadership both in business and in faith-based organisations.  Consistently hitting every one of these is not easy, where might you need to alter your leadership style?

Here is the link to the full article.

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