Starfleet Leadership Academy - Leadership Through Star Trek

TOS: A Private Little War

Kirk creates an inclusive environment and demonstrates emotional intelligence.

13 days ago

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Original Series, A Private Little War (Season 2, Episode 16). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk.

Captain Kirk both completely blows it and gets it right. He’s leading an away team mission that goes awry and he ends up getting poisoned by a mugatu. 

Why was he leading the away team you ask? Fantastic question.

Before he does that, though, demonstrates vulnerability and impressive emotional intelligence. He, once again, shows he is a strong manager that invites opinions, even when they are different than his. 

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