Are You King Arthur or Merlin?

On April 26, 2011, in Blog, Leadership, by Christine Glasco

Merlin dictating prophesy, circa 1200

King Arthur and Merlin, Captain James Tiberius Kirk and Mr. Spock, Luke Skywalker and Yoda: both of the individuals in these pairs possess amazing strengths and some weaknesses; both individuals in the pairs also possess excellent – but differing – leadership capabilities.

I have had the privilege of being in both roles: Arthur, Kirk, Skywalker and Merlin, Spock, Yoda – Leader and Coach. My preferred role is Merlin, Spock or Yoda.

Here’s why: in one of the Star Trek movies, Spock stepped aside and allowed (then Admiral) Kirk to return to the role of Captain of the Starship Enterprise. To paraphrase, Mr. Spock told Captain Kirk that his “first, best destiny” was as a Starship Captain.

My ‘first, best destiny’ is to coach outstanding leaders, to tug and push them to locate and develop new competencies and to help them vision and then to live their ‘first, best destiny’.

Questions for you to consider:

1. Is your ‘first, best destiny’ role as King Arthur or Merlin?

2. Are you in the right role now?

3. If you are not now operating from your ‘first, best destiny’ – why not?

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5 Responses to Are You King Arthur or Merlin?

  1. JCuthbert says:

    always good reading, thanks for giving us something to think about

  2. Janice, thanks for being a loyal reader. I hope this brightened your day.

  3. […] as a leader, and what he might do differently or better next time.  He learned that he is more ‘Spock’ than ‘Kirk’ and will focus his go forward roles to play to his analytical and logical strengths and avoid the […]

  4. […] the strengths and weaknesses of your personality/leadership […]

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