Captain on the Bridge – Attributes of Effective Leadership



As the series Star Trek – The Next Generation unfolds, we see each of the bridge crew, in turn, have an episode in which they get to play the role of the leader.    They are the officers of the ship after all.  It’s interesting to see how each, although differing in personality, manages to demonstrate (eventually) effective leadership.

Are you a leader or a follower?  It’s said there you can only be one or the other, so what’s it going to be?  If you feel you non-committal or feel that you’re neither, perhaps a “free thinker”, than you may have already made your decision and you don’t know it.

It is no disgrace to be a follower.  On the other hand, it is no credit to remain one.  Napoleon Hill talks about followers becoming “Intelligent Followers”.  Following, but doing so consciously, learning from their leader.  All great leaders began as followers.  He explains that “With few exceptions, the man who cannot follow a leader intelligently, cannot become an efficient leader.  The man who can follow a leader most efficiently is usually the man who develops into leadership most rapidly.

The bridge crew shine as intelligent followers.  They obviously defer to the captain, but continually show a willingness to learn and grow.

To assist those (like myself) who want to grow into leadership, I will be presenting a series of blogposts, each presenting an attribute of leadership.  I thought it might be interesting to incorporate some Star Trek as well, so you’re going to see how the bridge crew demonstrate the leadership attributes of:

  • Unwavering Courage
  • Self Control
  • A Keen Sense of Justice
  • Definiteness of Decision
  • Definiteness of Plans
  • Doing More
  • A Pleasing Personality
  • Sympathy And Understanding
  • Master of Detail
  • Assuming Responsibility
  • Cooperation

Each of these posts will be brief and I’ll update this post as each post is released.  Even if you don’t know anything about Star Trek universe, don’t worry, leadership principles are universal.


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