What can we learn about leadership from Jean-Luc Picard?

The answer is “A lot!” There is so much we can learn from Captain Picard’s leadership, throughout the Star Trek series, it could take a whole series of posts to cover. I’m not going to do that here. Instead I’m going to focus on a recent example, SPOILER ALERT!!! If you are planning to watch the new Picard series, or plan to read the book Picard: The Last Best Hope you have been warned! So… welcome back to those who have now watched the series, or read the book, we missed you! Captain Picard is now Admiral Picard! So he’s finally promoted to the position we knew he would eventually achieve, at least in the current reality. His peers, such as Captain Crunch and Captain America, can look to him as an example of how perseverance is key to reaching the next level. All joking aside, perseverance is important. The challenges leaders face can’t always be resolved inside of a 60-minute window. Let’s be realistic, leadership can be messy. We have to lead people with different personalities, backgrounds, and opinions. That means we may have some moments where we want to set phasers to stun and go crazy. It also means we have to look at leadership like a marathon, at times. Stay on course and keep pushing ahead! In the Picard television series we learn Jean-Luc was instrumental in helping relocate Romulans who would be in a path of destruction, created by the result of their star going supernova. Never mind the leadership necessary to coordinate the logistics of moving roughly a billion lives – the Romulans were enemies of the Federation! The Romulans weren’t exactly happy about receiving help from their enemies, but they had little choice. They also didn’t make it easy for those wanting to assist them. In addition to perseverance, Jean-Luc shows us how important it is to have a group of people willing to be honest with him. He is no longer on the Enterprise, because of it’s symbolic nature for the Romulans, so he also has a new crew. His new Number One, is Raffi Musiker. She isn’t afraid to give her opinion and isn’t enamored by the reputation that follows Jean-Luc. In other words, she’s not a “yes-man”. Jean-Luc also has input, from a Bajoran woman, who had personally been part of a refugee relocation. She was valuable in providing experiential knowledge of something Jean-Luc, and his crew could only speculate about. So even when Jean-Luc was making a decision, based on what he though was right, she would be able to tell him how it might be received, by the refugees. The final individual I will mention is a Romulan woman named Zani. Her group of refugees are referred to as warrior nuns. In my mind I imagine her a bit like a Romulan version of Yoda, without a lightsaber. She is different than typical Romulans, who are very secretive and suspicious. In fact, she is very open and insightful and proves to be a valuable resource to Jean-Luc, even after her relocation. She provides a sounding board for him to allow him to share thoughts and concerns that he might not want to share with others. It can be lonely at the top, right? In fact, I think Zani is a great of example of what a coach looks like. She doesn’t give Jean-Luc answers, she asks him questions to get him thinking about his response. A good coach will be curious and will partner with the client to go where the client needs to go, not where the coach might want to go. If you would like to partner with a coach to work on an area of your life, or leadership, contact me for a no obligation consult.

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