6 lessons young leaders can adapt from Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo

Scooby-Doo is an animated series produced from 1969 to the present. Scooby-Doo featured teenagers Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy, and their talking easily-frightened brownish Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. They loved hilarious mysterious involving supernatural creatures through a series of humor, failures, and antics. 

Nostalgia has already hit me. Let’s explore six leadership lessons from Scooby-Doo.

  1. Loyalty is Supreseme: Loyalty is one of the most critical aspects of leadership, and Scooby-Doo has it everywhere. Regardless of the incidents, Scooby never left his friend Shaggy. As a leader, you must impart loyalty skills to your employees. Give them a chance to express themselves, and build a rapport. They will never leave your side in critical situations. 
  2. No one is fearless – Scooby teaches you that courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to keep on going despite being afraid. This lesson is precious, especially during difficult circumstances, when so many things can seem terrifying. It’s okay to be scared of falling and failing. It’s not okay to give up while you are at it. 
  3. Rewards are underrated – The Scooby Snacks that follows when an unusually challenging task is performed have real-life parallels in the rewards that leaders receive for completing the work, reinforcing the idea that making good choices has tangible rewards as character benefits. Reward yourself and your employees for successful work completion. Remember, no job is big or small. Aim for the stars, but don’t forget to celebrate the earth. 
  4. Use your resources properly – In the face of adversity, Scooby-Doo will use his compelling tail adapted to hold or grasp objects and expressive face to puzzle the enemy from making a clean escape. This resourcefulness is an excellent skill for leadership to hone. Remember to use your resources properly. Sometimes, when we feel we have run out of options to save a deal, we need to take a step back, think, and utilize whatever means you have around you to get the job done. 
  5. Don’t Distract yourself in life – Scooby-Doo invites trouble when he and Shaggy allow themselves to be perplexed and distracted, whether by an unusual contraption or well-stocked pantry. The duo serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of losing focus. Don’t miss your focus on life. As leaders, we have numerous distracts around us. However, we must learn to let go of ‘seemingly interesting things’ and focus on our dreams and aspirations.
  6. The worst is not that bad – Though the supernatural creatures and monsters are regularly terrifying, it’s unveiled at the end of the show that they’re nothing more than ordinary people in scary costumes. Leaders must understand the need to stay calm and not let anxieties take over when they hit rock bottom. Understand that circumstances might not always be as terrible as it seems on the surface.

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