Here’s the Story of a Lovely Lady – Leadership Lessons via The Brady Bunch
No, you aren’t crazy, the title DOES say, “Leadership Lessons via the Brady Bunch”. On Hulu, you can now watch The Brady Bunch in its entirety. You may have watched this show when you were a kid, I know I did. What I didn’t realize is that I really did see every episode back then and it has been wonderful reliving some of those moments all of these years later.
“Mom always says don’t play ball in the house!”
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”
So what does a family sitcom that originally aired in 1967 and ran until 1974 (with lots of air time on channels like Nickelodeon in the 90s) have to do with leadership? Teamwork and team psychology most readily come to mind as far as leadership lessons go when I think about Tthe Brady Bunch. Everything the Bradys encountered started out as something impacting one of the parents, Alice, or the children- and then everyone got involved using the talents of each individual to solve problems or reach a common goal.
For instance, when Marcia started high school and was feeling the butterflies associated with starting at a new school, even though the problem was hers all of the Bradys sprang into action. Greg helped Marcia by introducing her to the people he knew on campus, her parents suggested that Marcia join a club to meet new people, Alice made Marcia her favorite meal, and Peter and the other kids helped Marcia learn that she needed to be able to laugh at herself not taking things quite so seriously.
Is this an extremely idyllic show from which to base leadership lessons? Maybe! By today’s standards, the things that the Bradys encountered were far from difficult. However, we still have a lot to learn about teamwork and leading a team from them. When you are leading a team it is important to keep each individual skills, personality, and areas of difficulty in mind in order for effective results to happen. We all know who the Gregs, Jans, Peters, Cindys, Marcias, and Bobbys are on the teams we lead and it is important to keep in mind the positive and negative attributes of each of those personalities when making decisions.
The other way The Brady Bunch teaches us about leadership, that is perhaps less specific to the Brady’s than teamwork, is that as leaders we need to keep in touch with our inner child. Ever heard the expression, “All leaders are truly kids at heart”? This is true! Being reminded of our childhood connects us freely to our imagination, allowing for real growth. It is also important for us to remember that as children, (for the most part) if we weren’t having fun we weren’t doing whatever was going on at the time. That is true for the leaders of today as well. If you are not having fun you either probably should not being doing what you are at present or you are not doing it to your full potential because you are not enjoying yourself.
I hope thinking a little bit about the Bradys has helped you cultivate some team leadership skills. Maybe we should be thinking about what some of our other favorite kid shows could teach us too? Don’t even get me started on Captain Planet! He’s a hero, you know! ☺
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