Wednesday, August 2

Leadership Lessons from Captain Picard: The Emissary

I've recently been watching a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Some episodes are better than others, but over all, it is a great show. As I watching, I have noticed that there are a ton of really insightful leadership lessons we can all learn. I'm going to gather them up as I see them in a little series called Leadership Lessons from Capital Picard. You don't need to know a lot about Star Trek to understand these situations... other than the fact that Picard is the boss and everyone else works for him! Just imagine it's a regular old office. 
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The Set Up 

In episode The Emissary, Lt. Worf (pictured above) meets a flame from the past and Captain Picard assigns them to work together. Worf is uncomfortable with this idea and asks the Captain to assign someone else. 

The Captain asks "Do you have a personal reason for asking for the reassignment?" Worf says "Yes." He obviously does. 

The Captain then pauses and reframes the question. "Do you have a professional reason for asking for the reassignment?" Worf thinks about this statement and responds, "No. I withdraw my request for reassignment." 

The Lesson 

We all have personal differences with the people we work with. Not all of it will be quite as dramatic as a past flame, but the show urges us to consider only professional differences in a professional setting. 

My Addendum 

Those who think differently than you (and have different backgrounds) are sometimes the ones you learn the most from! There are some people you'll immediately click with and others that just clash with your working style, but if the setting is professional, personal objections should not matter.