Summary of Tune In to Wow Leadership

10 Lessons Learned from America’s Favorite Shows

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Tune In to Wow Leadership book summary
American TV series present fascinating examples of good and bad leadership qualities in action.


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Sheri Staak examines examples of good and bad leadership traits in action, using characters and plotlines from America’s favorite TV shows. She discusses NCIS, Homeland, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many others. Most real-life leaders fall somewhere in the middle on the spectrum from great (“WOW”) to terrible (“DUD”), but Staak’s choices illustrate the extremes. She covers rotten bad guys, like The Simpsons’s evil boss Monty Burns. She admires the leadership traits of better-than-gold good guys, such as cop-show heroes Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS and Steve McGarrett of Hawaii 5-0. She explains that good leaders demonstrate honesty, authenticity, humility, respect for others, and a desire to constantly learn and improve. But the duds are narcissistic, egotistical bullies, who are quick to blame others and can’t communicate. Despite her simplistic premise, readers who like TV will enjoy Staak’s approach. Those not vested in American TV series may have difficulty with her references. getAbstract recommends Staak’s lessons to managers, supervisors and pop-culture fans who’d enjoy finding some actual information amid the merriment and mayhem of television.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How TV shows depict leaders in action
  • What distinguishes great “WOW” leaders from awful “DUDs”
  • How to cultivate good leadership qualities


Good Guys and Bad Guys
Fictional narratives on TV depict both good leaders and bad leaders in action in a variety of settings. Good leaders include New York City police commissioner Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods and the approachable but decisive commander Bill Adama of Battlestar...
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About the Author

Sheri Staak, who blogs about leadership on The STAAK Report, often mentors young professionals. She was a vice president at Pharmacia, Pfizer and the former Upjohn Company.

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