Game of Thrones is a popular show that has not only an engaging storyline but also well-developed characters that you can relate to and become invested in. Having characters that a person can relate to and become invested in, a writer can not only draw the reader or viewer into their story and give them a great experience, but they can also teach morals and lessons with their characters. Game of Thrones has many characters that can teach a variety of lessons to the reader of George R. R. Martin’s books or the viewers of the TV show based off them. Jon Snow is one such character. As a character who is seen as a strong leader in the ongoing story, he has many leadership lessons he can teach us that can be useful not only in everyday life but in the world of business as well. Such lessons include the character traits of honesty and integrity, two traits that are very important when it comes to business leaders.
1. Lead By Example
During a battle with the White Walkers, Jon Snow’s honesty and integrity as a leader were displayed when, even though he was wounded, he refused to leave the front lines until he had made sure to kill a White Walker general and gotten as many Wildings to the safety of boats as he could. As soon as he was able, he resumed his position of leadership. He teaches the importance of working alongside your followers, and that if you work hard, others will work hard with you; just remember that managing is your top job.
2. Do What You Feel Is Right
In reference to the same battle, Jon Snow’s honesty and integrity is again seen in the fact that he knew the decision to go into battle was a dangerous one, and that his brothers would have issues with him about it, but he still made the decision to do it because he felt it was the right thing to do. His honesty and integrity led him to be honest with himself and follow what his heart to him to do. It is this trait that makes him a great leader and has so many people willing to follow him. Business leaders would do well to follow his example and to do what they feel is right and stand behind their decision with conviction.
Jon Snow has a habit of putting a lot of trust in people, another aspect of his integrity as a leader. In an interview with Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, Snow is “…dogged about his beliefs: Even when he’s been killed for them, he sticks by them. I think that’s what people like about him: He trusts people, he treats people well, he has a good moral basis in this show where a lot of people have no morals at all.” This is a trait that all business leaders should aspire to have if they want to be a good leader.
Along with being a leader with integrity, Jon Snow is a character who is also seen as honest and full of virtue. If he was a business leader, he would be the kind of leader who would put doing what is right over what is profitable and would put employee well-being over the profits of the company. He would no doubt have a successful company, and you would too if you followed his example, but you and he both would have to watch out those few people who would try to take advantage of you and your honesty and good nature.
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