Starfleet Leadership Academy - Leadership Through Star Trek

TNG: Unification Parts 1 and 2

The passing of the torch; but is this Spock at his worst??

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Unification Parts 1 and 2 (Season 5, Episodes 7 and 8). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard, Commander Riker, Ambassador Spock and more.

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TOS: The Alternative Factor

We Can Learn Something Even When Invasion is Imminent

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Original Series, The Alternative Factor (Season 1, Episode 20 - or 21 depending on how you count). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk.

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VOY: Unforgettable

Toxic Masculinity is still a thing in the 24th century.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Unforgettable (Season 4, Episode 22). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway.

Link to video referenced on toxic masculinity: https://youtu.be/koPmuEyP3a0

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ENT: Marauders

Do you give them a fish, or teach them to fish?

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, Marauders (Season 2, Episode 6). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer.

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DIS: Context Is For Kings

How many time can YOU say "enroll" in a podcast? Plus 360 reviews and change management!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Discovery, Context Is For Kings (Season 1, Episode 3). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Lorca and Commander Saru.

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VOY: Homestead

Leadership development even happens in the show!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Homestead (Season 7, Ep. 23). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway, Tuvok, and - um, am I reading this correctly?? - Neelix.

NOTE: Please listen after the closing music; there's a change in how we're selecting future episodes that will affect the next release.

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TNG: Family

Mental Health is part of your Total Health

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Family. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Commander Riker.

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TNG: Face of the Enemy

Trust - what happens when you have it...and when you don't.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Face of the Enemy. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Romulan Commander Toreth...yep, the Romulan Commander!

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VOY: The Cloud

There's coffee in that nebula; and a lesson about relationships.

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In this episode, Jeff Akin breaks down the characters in The Cloud (Star Trek: Voyager) and their relationships, the difference between Jean-Luc Picard’s leadership to Kathryn Janeway, and most importantly, Janeway's take on leading and connecting with her team. As Jeff reviews this episode of Voyager, look closely at how Janeway reflects excellent examples of professionalism, trust, and balanced relationships as her team's captain. Find out answers to questions like, how can leaders develop meaningful solid relationships without crossing boundaries? How do you function and appear to get things done? And why is perception often reality?

Listen to the episode and join Jeff as he talks about what leaders can learn from Captain Janeway and more.

Strong Relationship and Professional Distance

Like the possible effects that could arise from Janeway's relationship with her crew, many leaders also worry about how they can genuinely connect with their people while maintaining a professional understanding of boundaries. For this, the term professional distance was coined and discussed by Dr. Ana Corbo Crehan of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. She defines the whole concept as the set understanding of a leader's ability to fulfill a professional obligation and be seen to do so in an impartial and non-exploitive manner.

For Jeff, failing to keep a professional distance can impact treatment, create impressions, and cause allegations –something he's proven and experienced himself. Being too close and casual to team members, while it has its advantages, may affect your decision-making as a leader to some far extent. If you get too close to someone, someone else may worry about favoritism. If you interact too coldly, this may create a disconnect within the workforce. Establishing a connection with your team is essential to nourish closeness. Doing so with propriety is what professional distance promotes. If you're human enough to the people you lead, you can be a friend to them without losing the awareness that you're still their leader with professional distance.

Listen more about Janeway's leadership and professional distances in the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast!

About Starfleet Leadership Academy:

Star Trek is full of great examples of leadership. Jeff Akin, a leader with over 20 years of executive management experience in both the public and private sectors, breaks down each episode of Star Trek, from The Original Series to Discovery and beyond, pointing out examples of great leadership, management, lean/six-sigma, communication and more.

If you enjoy Star Trek, or are even a little Trek-curious, and have an appetite for leadership development, this is the podcast for you. Outline of the episode: ● [00:38] Defining professional distance. ● [02:10] The risks of getting too close to your people. ● [07:04] Being a leader makes a difference, has weight. ● [11:08] How Janeway demonstrated trust in her crew. ● [15:31] The nebula isn't a nebula… ● [17:06] Neelix's character is the voice of the viewers. ● [19:06] Jane draws out a common point of reference to onboard Tom to the plan. ● [22:10] "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." – King Henry IV, by William Shakespeare. ● [24:08] Janeway could've followed Picard's Model, "be the captain, not their friend."; Be friendly, not the friend. ● [26:13] Humanizing yourself as a leader allows everyone else to be human. ● [27:11] Janeway's capacity to trust. Follow the fleet and connect through: Website: https://sfla.pinecast.co/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast https://twitter.com/jefftakin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefftakin/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jefftakin/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCebdT7xtm2237q0f857BBuw

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TOS: The Omega Glory

Turns out Kirk's a great manager too!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek, The Original Series, The Omega Glory. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

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