Welcome to To Boldly Lead – leadership lessons from science fiction.

The purpose of this blog is to critically examine examples of leadership from Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Battlestar Galactica using theoretic models and to discuss real world applications.

I’ll also use examples from other science fiction works such as Space: 1999 and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series.  Whatever the medium, if there’s a leadership lesson, I’ll be using it. Occasionally I’ll use examples from non-fiction, such as the excellent Invictus, or even other works of fiction – perhaps Horatio Hornblower (Gene Roddenberry‘s inspiration for James Tiberius Kirk).

Theoretical models and frameworks include Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership theory plus Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid but primarily I will be using Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge.

The name of this blog is a portmanteau of the phrase “to boldly go where no-one has gone before” and the main topic of this blog: leadership.  Kouzes and Posner argue that leadership is a choice and that it takes courage to make that choice. Being a leader means to be bold. What better name could I choose than to combine the most famous science fiction phrase of all time with a fundamental leadership principle.

Comments are welcome: good, bad, or indifferent.

So Say We All!!

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