The game of thrones series took the world by storm from the first season to the last. Everyone with a smartphone and internet connection must have heard about it at least once, watched a scene, heard about a character, or seen memes from the movie. That’s how much of a hit it was, and the followers won’t stop raving about how good it is and what others like me who didn’t join the bandwagon initially are missing out on. It took a while, but I finally got myself to watch the series, and I can confirm it’s as good as the hype. However, amidst the power struggles and violence, there are vital lessons that I learn from the series that are practical and useful for business and HR leadership. Here are a few of them:
Create strong pipelines
Joffrey was probably one of the least liked characters on the show, but he could hold down King’s Landing. He was awful, evil, loathsome, and tyrannical, but he also carried himself with grace, like true royalty. The difference between him and Tommen, his replacement, was as clear as daylight. Tommen didn’t have the same charisma and grace and looked nothing like a king. It’s hard to imagine him charging into battle or organizing the city’s defense against a siege.
While the Lannister family didn’t have a choice, you do have a choice as a business or organization. Failure to build a solid and effective leadership pipeline will lead to poor successions. This is why many businesses fail after their leaders depart. On the other hand, a strong pipeline ensures that everything remains in order and the company can continue its growth trajectory even after the leader leaves his position.
Mentors are essential for leaders to achieve their potential, and Arya Stark proved this. Arya is probably one of the biggest characters on this show, and her growth was evident from the start to finish of the series. While she’s always had that feistiness in her, her time under Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane’s tutelage helped her become what she became. Both characters proved that being with a mentor is effective in helping you develop new skills and acquire wisdom from older, more knowledgeable, exposed, and experienced people. He indeed abducted her, and their relationship didn’t end well, but what she learned with him is an undeniable attestation that good leaders need to have a mentor. This is a fact that many professionals across the different fields will agree to, including writer UK career boosters providing resume services.
Keep yourself in the company of good people.
One of the business leaders’ mistakes is thinking they can do it all by themselves. No, you can’t run everything. You must learn to delegate tasks to people, which means you must have good people around you that you can trust. This inability to trust people and delegate tasks is a mistake that Robb Stark made, and it didn’t end well for him. Also, Tywin didn’t have good people around him. He trusted the wrong people and had his son chopped off his neck. Robb showed the importance of trusting people around you, while Tywin proved that you need to first have good people around you before relying on them.
To be successful, you must have a good team of trustworthy people who can offer advice and guidance and call you back when you head on the wrong path.
Listen to your employees.
This show has several examples of why you should listen to your employees. For instance, before Joffrey’s downfall, Tywin advised him about his behavior. Davos Seaworth advised Stannis to refrain from attacking King’s Landing. The most notable of these pieces of advice is probably Jon Snow, warning his superiors about the need to block the Wall’s passage so that the Northern armies don’t surge through it. Unfortunately, none of these pieces of advice was heeded, and the result of not listening was catastrophic.
Learn to listen to your staff and consider their thoughts and opinions on issues. This is a very effective engagement tool between both parties. When employees feel that they have a voice, they’re happier and are more likely to stay than when they don’t feel heard. Also, the fresh ideas they bring may be what your organization needs to take the next big step forward.
As exciting as Game of Thrones was, it also had cogent lessons for viewers to learn. So if you’re a business leader, you can pick up some lessons from this show.
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