5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Game of Thrones

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So it’s got you wondering, what has Game of Thrones got to do with leadership? Surprisingly quite a bit  actually.


We came across this story on Quora. It’s  a site where you can pose a question and receive an in-depth answer. A number of international publications then share Quora’s content (think Time Mag/LinkedIn and the like).  So here goes, 5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Game of Thrones – Answer by Mira Zaslove on Quora.


1.  “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. – Eddard Stark. 

Don’t shy away from making tough calls. And just as importantly, do the unpleasant work to follow through. As Ned reminds us, “He who hides behind executioners soon forgets what death is.” Leaders who spend time in the trenches, doing the tough work, will take making tough decisions more seriously. 

2.  “A Lannister always pays his debts.” – Tyrion Lannister

In the workplace, the quickest way to lose respect, and power, is to promise things you can’t deliver. The surest way to get people to do things for you today, is for them to trust, that you will do what you say you will, in the future. Leaders follow through on their word. When they say they are going to do something, they do it. 

Games of Thrones Character: Tywin Lannister

3.  “Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.” – Tywin Lannister

True power comes from where people believe it comes from. Not from where you say it comes from. The best leaders are followed based on the collective will, not because they say, “I am the boss.” Power and influence, often come from unexpected places. 


4.  “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” – Littlefinger

Chaotic times reveal a leader’s strength. When times are good, it’s easy to be the leader. Only when chaos reigns, do many leaders rise. Effective leaders aren’t thwarted by challenges. They use challenges to foist them higher. As Littefinger, highlights: “Many who try to climb fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them.” Leaders are not broken. They continue to climb.


5.  “Winter is coming.” – House Stark
Leaders remain vigilant. The world is uncertain. The best leaders always innovate, stay strong, and plan for the future. Being prepared for the unexpected is essential. Embrace winter, especially when everyone else is distracted and basking in the sun. 

Games Of Thrones: House of Stark

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the best leadership lessons you can learn from Game of Thrones?


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