Leadership: Sheriff Rick Grimes

This is my RELEASE DAY for my Carina Press book, Road Signs!!! WOOT!!!!! Very excited, already have two reviews!

Continuing now with the Month of Heroes, I’m going to talk about Rick Grimes. Remember to comment for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Sheriff Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead is a strong leader. Though he’s behind everyone else since he’s been in a coma. He is still weak and freaked out by what he sees, but that doesn’t stop him from struggling to get home to his family—only to find them gone.

Once he recovers, he’s determined to find answers. In doing so, he heads to Atlanta and the Center for Disease Control looking for answers. He’s overwhelmed by the zombies inhabiting the place, and is rescued by a group of people who’ve come to the city to look for supplies. But by the end of the episode—or is it the next? They’re running together in my head.—he rescues them. By the time they return to their camp, where his wife and child and bff are, he’s already slipped into a role of leadership.

Maybe it’s the uniform. I would imagine when society crumbles, people will look for authority to look out for their best interest.

Maybe it’s his devotion to his family. People trust him because they know he would never put his wife and child in harm’s way.

Maybe it’s his calm façade in the face of all that’s going on before him, like when he dealt with the gang that wasn’t.

His decisions aren’t always the best, but they’re what he believes are the best, and people follow him because of his determination. After reading some articles to spark my memories of the season, I’m now interested in reading the graphic novels. Have you read them? Do you think Rick’s a good leader?


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica Meade
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 14:27:31

    Happy release day. 🙂

    I think Rick is a very good leader because he tried to do the best thing for the people he meets, not just his family and the group they’re with.


    • mjfredrick
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 16:00:42

      Very true! And he wanted to take the man and his boy from the first episode along, and he felt bad about leaving the other man behind. His caring and calmness appeal most, I think.


  2. Leslie Garcia
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 16:42:00

    Although I plead guilty to not being very familiar with Grimes, you argue your case well enough–and as Jessica mentioned, being able to understand that your family is everything to you, but sometimes there’s an even greater responsibility to others makes him a leader in my eyes.

    Congrats on your newest release!


  3. Jen B.
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 20:46:40

    I don’t get the show on my cable service. I run into that problem a lot. Well, he sounds like a good leader. So I say yes based on your description.


  4. mjfredrick
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 15:14:14

    Jen B.! You’re this week’s winner! Contact me at mfechter at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up!


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