5 Leadership Lessons from Jean-Luc Picard, by Alex Knapp

September 23rd, 2012 by Cedar

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I recently stumbled across this great article on leadership by Alex Knapp. Here is a summary:

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.

Here are five lessons in leadership that you can take away from Picard’s voyages as you take your organization on its journey to boldly go where no one has gone before.

1. Speak to people in the language they understand.

 “In my experience, communication is a matter of patience and imagination. I would like to believe that these are qualities that we have in sufficient measure.”

2. When you’re overwhelmed, ask for help.

“You wanted to frighten us. We’re frightened. You wanted to show us we were inadequate. For the moment, I grant that. You wanted me to say ‘I need you.’? I NEED you!”

3. Always value ethical actions over expedient ones.

“There are times, sir, when men of good conscience cannot blindly follow orders.”

4. Challenge your team to help them grow.

“Lieutenant, you are a member of this crew, and you will not go into hiding whenever a Klingon vessel uncloaks!”

5. Don’t play it safe – seize opportunities in front of you.

“Seize the time… – live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”

Five lessons, right in line with what we teach in our Right Use of Power programs–tried and true, even into the cosmic future!



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