Sunday, March 11, 2012

Captain's Prerogative

When I was a kid, I always looked up to Captain Kirk. Hell, I still do. Compassionate when he needed to be, confident when he needed to be, I think Star Trek's original captain (played by William Shatner, natch) remains the absolute perfect exemplar of the well-rounded leader we all hope we'll be when/if we're ever thrust into that role. To wit, Alex Knapp over at Forbes has an excellent post examining the positive leadership traits that Kirk embodies. From the piece:
"Kirk’s success was no fluke, either. His style of command demonstrates a keen understanding of leadership and how to maintain a team that succeeds time and time again, regardless of the dangers faced." 
As I say so often, we take our wisdom where we find it, and as an instructor in Small Group Communication, I've often invoked the patented badassery of James T. to make an actual point about how to hone and nurture our persona as leaders to maximize effective group throughput (although I do it a bit more gingerly -- don't want to blow my secret Trekkie double life, after all...), so it's gratifying to know I'm not the only one who's found some worthwhile life lessons in Trek beyond, "Never wear a red shirt. Ever."

Now where's the post about leadership tips from Captain Picard?

1 comment:

Alex Knapp said...

"Now where's the post about leadership tips from Captain Picard?"

Just finished it!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/03/13/five-leadership-lessons-from-jean-luc-picard/

Hope you enjoy it as much as the Kirk article.