I’ve become a big fan of the tv series, Blue Bloods. Starring Tom Selleck as Frank Regan, a fictional New York City Police Commissioner, the beautifully written and acted show chronicles the intersecting public and private lives of the widowed commissioner’s close-knit Irish-Catholic family, who are all in the “family business” of law enforcement (retired cop, streetwise detective, sharp assistant district attorney, and idealistic rookie cop). It struck me while watching the dramatic season finale last week that the episode offered some excellent lessons in crisis leadership.
The commissioner’s youngest son (the rookie cop) privately pursues leads regarding his older brother’s murder, which occurred two years earlier in the line of duty. Finally getting in over his head, he shares the information with his father and brother (detective). The commissioner sets up a top-secret command post in his own home, staffed by those closest to him, and they eventually discover proof that the son was murdered by a group of rogue cops. As the rogue cops catch wind of the investigation and are preparing to flee the country with their considerable ill-gotten booty, the commissioner and team swoops in and dramatically captures the group en masse — with the ring leader ultimately choosing suicide over capture. The resolution finally provides the family with closure about the reason’s behind their older brother’s death.
Crisis Leadership Lessons
- Trust the voice of “innocents” trying to tell you the truth
The commissioner trusts his naive but perceptive son (the rookie Continue reading