So, the title of this blog post gives me up…I was (and I still am) a hopeless and huge LOST fan. For those who are not aware of the award winning TV Series of brilliant writing and directing, it just completed this past year in May. I won’t be enticed to explain it all to you, if you want, check out http://abc.go.com/shows/lost or rent the Season 1 Episode 1 and you’ll never turn-back!
Jack Shepherd is a spinal surgeon and one of the passengers who survived the plane crash of Oceanic 815 on an island in the middle of No- where, Planet Earth. He inherited the role of the leader of the survivors. I’ve had this discussion with many LOST fanatics over the past few months, including my wife, my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, so, I thought I’d share my thoughts in the blog-sphere. I’m not writing this post to discuss how or why or even if he was in fact the leader, (it’s my blog and I say he was!) but I’d like to discuss if he was a “good” leader or what makes a good leader?
Well, we do, indeed have to go back to the first episode where the answer is revealed. In the opening scene, Jack wakes up and doesn’t realize where he is. He then hears screaming and recognizes what is going on. He continues to assess the entire situation (and very quickly, I might add). He notices many people in trouble, a dismembered fuselage and ultimately, the chaos. He frantically proceeds to help others himself as well as getting others involved and well, taking charge as best he can given the extraordinary situation. Jack quickly comes up with a plan to save many passengers in those critical moments.
Once the chaos has settled, Jack takes it upon himself to check-in with all the survivors and gauge their health and how they are feeling. In the meantime, he’s already assembled a group of individuals (Kate, Hurly, Sayid and others) to create a base-camp for survival. He then gathers all the survivors, brings everyone together, so to not let anyone feel left out and discusses the plan of action with everyone that he has thought-up. At that point, the real journey begins.
So, is Jack Shepherd a good leader? Think about it yourself. I’ll let you know what I think, next post.
Be Real. Be a leader.
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