My all time favourite TV series is M*A*S*H, a comedy/drama centred around the doctors and nurses of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War. The series was so popular that it outlasted the duration of the 3 year war, spanning 11 seasons and 251 episodes.

The strong characterisation and story lines presented thought provoking themes that provide an ideal platform for lessons on life and leadership. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, I'm sure you will connect with my leadership insights from M*A*S*H.

LEADING FROM THE TRENCHES features bite-sized, candid insights that speak into the gritty space of leadership through the eyes of a fellow leader seeking to "lead with all diligence" (Romans 12:8).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Real Thing

Episode 40:  Henry In Love

Henry:     [on the phone to his wife]  Lorraine, honey?   Send me the cheque stubs.  I’ll straighten it out.  Goodbye darling.
Henry:      What do you guys want?
Trapper:    We just wanted to say good night, Henry.
Henry:     Remember I said I found a girl who was the real thing?  Well, she’s $68 overdrawn… Radar?  My wife was very grateful that I called her…makes me wish I had.
Radar:    Well, I figured since you didn’t have time to answer her letters…
Henry:      Goodnight Radar.  See you at breakfast.

Henry falls ‘puppy dog’ in love with a young woman in Tokyo and invites her back to the 4077 to meet the gang.  He discovers that she not only has eyes for him, but for everyone else in camp and realises that his relationship with his wife is the real thing.

The relationships that matter most in my life and that have the most impact are those that are characterised by authenticity and vulnerability.  This is as true for my professional life as for my personal life.  It is only when relationships are real, reflecting who we really are in every arena of life, that they withstand the challenges of leadership and make any real impact on those we lead.  Leadership author Bill George of “True North” affirms the value of an integrated life in our relationships: “To lead an integrated life, you need to bring together the major elements of your personal life and professional life, including work, family, community, and friends, so that you can be the same person in each environment.”  People intuitively know when we are real with them and not just using relationships as a means to an ends.

1 comment:

  1. Leading an integrated life can be difficult for many as they tend to lean more heavily on one part and not on equally on all parts.

    How do you not lean too much in one direction and how do you become truly integrated? It is easy to say but more difficult to do.