Gore, nudity and leadership lessons: an HR guide to Game of Thrones

While the return of Game of Thrones is exciting for some, others who don’t watch it might feel excluded or will feel they have to give the show a whirl to see what the fuss is all about and to be able to offer an opinion. If they do, writes business psychologist and leadership specialist Stuart Duff, they’ll find that some of the characters have familiar traits – good and bad, but maybe more bad… 

Leadership lessons from Game of Thrones

At its core though, Game of Thrones can be seen as a show about leadership. Specifically, the quest to climb (and remain) at the top of an organisational ladder.

Admittedly, plotting, poisoning, acts of extreme brutality and political posturing aren’t as common in the modern workplace as they might be in King’s Landing. And, certainly, morality, the rule of law and fairness aren’t strictly observed by this cast of reprobates, but nonetheless some of the personality types viewers come across are quite instructive. Let’s start with the show’s greatest survivor and hero…

Jon Snow – the servant leader

When someone leads simply by meeting the needs of the team, they can be thought of as a “servant leader.” Much like Jon Snow, who was surprised to be nominated by his comrades to become the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and subsequently, the King in the North, servant leaders will lead by example. They exhibit high levels of integrity and lead with generosity.

These individuals will often achieve leadership positions as a result of their values, ideals, and ethics. With these traits, they will create a positive organisational culture and inspire higher morale among team members. Servant leadership is often most valuable in positions where leaders are elected to serve a team, organisation or community.

For the full article go to Personnel Today.

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