Six Leadership Styles Inspired by Science Fiction

The Han Solo style of leadership is excellent at getting teams to buy into their organization’s goals while still being able to help them pivot when necessary
Rey, Finn & BB-8 embark on a new adventure of self-discovery.

1. Captain Kirk/Han Solo: Natural Born Leader

Han’s and Kirk leadership style improvises when needed.

2. Spock/Princess Leia — Logical and Pragmatic Leader

Spock and Leia leadership style love data and demand proposals be presented with facts.

3. Leonard McCoy/Yoda — The Ambassador or Teacher

McCoy leadership style makes room for coaching. This can be overlooked at times in today’s hectic business climate.
Yoda allowed his young Jedi to learn from their mistakes for their own betterment.

4. Montgomery Scott/R2D2 — Subject Matter Expert

Every organization benefits greatly from subject matter experts.

5. Jean Luc Picard/Obi-Wan Kenobi — Well Balanced Leader

Well balanced leaders leverage their own experiences and challenges to lead with logic and empathy.

6. Khan Noonien Singh/Darth Vader — Overly Ambitious Dictator

Being hyper-focused and overly ambitious may not always be sustainable long term.
Subject matter experts can get us out of tight spots including a trash compactor!
  1. Regulate yourself — EQ is twice as important as technical skills and IQ in driving performance and achieving success. Control emotional outbursts and redirect them in more productive ways
  2. Become self aware — Ask for feedback from colleagues. Effective team performance begins with how the leader sees the situation.
  3. Be persuasive — Establish credibility through expertise and relationships. Reinforce your position with numerical data and stories. Connect emotionally with your audience.
  4. Coach the team you have, not the team you want. Most of us will not have the luxury of inheriting our “dream team”. We can encourage and bring out the best traits of our team members and find that in itself rewarding.
  5. Surround yourself with people that fill your gaps. You want a team that complements you. Lack of diversity on a team can create an echo chamber that keeps you from being aware of crucial issues impacting your business.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

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