Leadership Lessons from the Andy Griffith Show

What Would Andy Do?

Like so many Americans, I am feeling a bit of sadness and a touch of nostalgia at the news of Andy Griffith’s death today. His most famous role as Mayberry’s old-fashioned leader, makes us think of (or long for) a simpler time (although we all know no time is really simple).

“Do a good day’s work and act like somebody”
~ Andy Griffith

So, I dedicate this post to Andy Griffith, and some tidbits I may have picked up on leadership from watching his show:

  • Take time to understand the whole situation before reacting
  • When your partner is freaking out, get even calmer
  • With careful words, you don’t need a gun
  • Go slow and explain things
  • Empower others to do the right thing (even Otis would self-regulate under his leadership)
  • Have a really strong support team (I am still in search of an Aunt Bee)
  • It’s okay to take your kids to work now and then, let them understand what you do
  • And sometimes, your best bet is to say a prayer.
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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

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