Tag Archive: leadership challenge

The new edition of The Leadership Challenge is coming out soon. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have released this short slideshow to remind us that leadership makes a difference.   For example, 94% of direct reports are “willing to work hard” when leaders very frequently or almost always challenge them to try out new and innovative ways to do their work compared to only 5% of direct reports when leaders almost never or rarely challenge people. That’s a tremendous delta and you can see significants gains in productivity and results. Good stuff!


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!!

Recommended Reading: