Leadership Lessons to Learn from Game of Thrones

30-Aug-2017 03:39 PM Latest Trends

Game of Thrones is not only one of the most pirated shows in the history of television, but also one of the most discussed topics on the social media. The popularity of this HBO television series can only be rivaled by the popularity of the characters in the show. Yes, we can't say that we can relate to a woman who can ride dragons, a man who has been resurrected by a priestess, or a boy who can "warg" into animals and see events of the past, the present, as well as the future. However, there are many things we can learn from the characters of the show on many topics, for instance, on leadership.

So, without further ado here are leadership lessons that we can learn from some of the popular characters of Game of Thrones.

Having a Vision - Daenerys Targaryen


What is the difference between a good leader and a great leader? A great leader always has a vision and knows what she or he wants. Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, is a good example of such a leader. Daenerys saw her goals clearly even when people told her that they weren't achievable. She was told that dragons are nothing but myths, only part of old Targaryen tales. She was told that the Dothrakis would never cross the sea, she was told that she would never be able to reach Westeros. But, we all know that she made them happen, and all of it started with a vision. A vision to break the chain and make the world a better place for everyone.

Seeing the Big Picture - Jon Snow


So, you have a vision, you know what you want and you also have the tenacity to achieve it. Now, you have to understand the effect of your vision on a larger scale. You have to see the big picture, something you can learn from the King in the North, Jon Snow. While the entire realm was busy fighting among themselves, Jon saw the threat coming and decided to act accordingly. He made truce between the Night's Watch and the Free Folks, he united the entire North, he went to Daenerys and Cersei to warn them about the danger and asked for their alliance against the common enemy. Why? Because he saw the big picture and understood that it is what has to be done. Looks like he knows something, after all.

The Importance of Networking - Varys


We all know the importance of networking and the significant role it plays in business, and if there is someone in all the seven kingdoms to learn networking from, then it is none other than Lord Varys. The Master of Whisperers has established a large network that not only covers all the seven kingdoms, but also goes beyond it. He knew what was happening in King's Landing even when he was not in Westeros. His network kept him updated with every little happening within and outside Westeros, all the time. Imagine having a network like that for your business! Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, what are you waiting for? Get started with building it.

The Art of Negotiation - Tyrion Lannister


If you are an entrepreneur, then you probably have to negotiate with clients, a lot. Sometimes the negotiations are easy, and most of the times they are not. Nevertheless, negotiations are necessary. Don't believe us? Fine, just ask the smartest man in Westeros, Tyrion Lannister. If negotiation is an art, then Tyrion is definitely an artist. Whether it is his ability to talk his way out of literally anything or help form an uneasy alliance out of necessity, he has been there and done that. What is more impressive? It is this art that has kept him alive in the world of Game of Thrones, where you either win or you die.

Making Hard Decisions - Jaime Lannister


Let's face it, there always comes a time when we have to make the hard decisions. It is especially true if you are in a managerial position in a company. There will be times when you will have to think about your business and take decisions accordingly, even if you get despised for it. And who better to take inspiration from regarding this matter than the one and only Jaime Lannister. Jamie had two choices - honor his oath, obey the king, behead his father, and let thousands of innocent people burn, or kill the king and end his tyranny. He knew the latter would harm his reputation, he knew he would be despised for it, yet he did it. It was a hard decision to make, and he got called the "Kingslayer" for it. However, if he hadn't made that decision and followed through with it, the entire King's Landing would have been burned into ashes.


See, that was very informative, wasn't it? Who would have thought that we could learn so much from a few characters from a fantasy television series? Well, nobody apart from George R. R. Martin. Hope you found this article helpful. Stay tuned for many such blogs on marketing, latest trends, and management. And remember, Winter is Coming.