Leadership Lessons from Star Trek

There are a lot of leadership lessons everywhere.  Here are some which in my opinion are inspirational to me.

Here are the links to the 2 great articles:

Lessons from Captain James T. Kirk

James Tiberius Kirk (Jim) is one of the most famous Starfleet Captains.


Here are 5 key lessons from him:

1. Never Stop Learning

2. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

3. Be Part Of The Away Team

4. Play Poker, Not Chess

5. Blow Up The Enterprise

Lessons from Captain Jean-Luc Picard


Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the model of a great 24th Century Starfleet captain.

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

Oftentimes, the greatest challenge that a well-run team can face is complacency. When you have a great team where everyone is filling out their roles and doing a good job, it’s pretty easy to just let things lay the way they are and coast on inertia. The problem is, when you have a complacent team, no matter how competent they are, they can fall apart when they’re faced with a big challenge. In order to keep your organization nimble, it’s vital that you encourage your teams to stretch their capabilities, even if that makes them uncomfortable.

When you have someone on your team whose doing their job, and doing it well, it can be hard to assign them new or more difficult tasks in a way that shakes up your organization. But to be an effective leader, you need to shake them up, so that when your team faces harder crises, they’ll be more resilient and effective.

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.”