Bear Grylls has been a popular television adventurer showing people how to survive in challenging climates and locations. Recently, when flicking around the channels on TV, I found a new programme from him called”The island” with Bear Grylls. Here a little more than a dozen men were selected to spend 28 days living off the land on an island.
Unlike other reality TV programmes this was not a competitive environment where eliminations took place. The major objective was to get along, find food and shelter and survive for the twenty eight days they were together. With the understanding that, with these reality TV programmes we are all at the mercy of producers and directors, this programme held an unusual realism to it.
It was intriguing to watch how the dynamics of the group played out, how they dealt with a lack of food, water and medical equipment and how the individuals finally organised themselves into a cohesive unit.
One of the key points that came from the programme for me were the comments Bear Grylls made about leadership. He talked about what matters in a leader:
A leader essentially serves
People know that a leader cares for them
He stated that “nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. “Focus on the good things and leave behind the bad stuff”.
What do you think? I would really like your views about these comments. These comments certainly resonated with me.The ability to go beyond the notion of the ‘power relationship’ where the leader is someone who can make a decision ‘because they can’, is an extremely limiting and potentially destructed mind set. To embrace the views of others and hold a sense of contribution about the leadership role can provide an understanding of belonging and a positive appreciation of the decision making process. This can be a valuable impetus to doing good things.
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