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Leadership Lessons from the Andy Griffith Show

by | Jul 3, 2012 | By Karin Hurt, Communication |

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.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

1 Comment

  1. Steve Borek

    Leadership is about being a good person. Andy Griffith personified that idea quite well.

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