Whether you have watched the popular series Game of Thrones or not, you might have heard of Jon Snow. If not, then you should know he’s a fan favorite of the show due to his honesty and humble personality. To be honest, he had a humble beginning. We first knew Jon Snow as the “Bastard Son” of Ned Stark (RIP to him) who joined a military group called the Night’s Watch, serving as a mere grunt to later becoming the “King of the North.”
Jon Snow’s title, though not too important to him, is a position well deserved, as he possesses the necessary qualities to lead, even if he doesn’t listen to his younger sister Sansa Stark from time to time. But all in all, I couldn’t think of a better person to lead the North in the fight against the White Walkers (Game of Thrones’ undead warriors), let alone lead the people to a better way of living.
A few of Jon Snow’s qualities he possesses can be applied to business, or your career in whatever you’re pursuing, whether it’s acting, modeling, philanthropy, or even the military. As you achieve success, there will come a time where you will have to lead a team of your own, and those people will depend on you to help guide them. So here are a few things Jon Snow did in order to become an effective leader:
He Persuaded His Former Enemies to Become Allies
When Jon Snow joined the Night’s Watch, he swore a oath to protect “The Wall” and the North against its foreign enemies, which included the Wildlings. After a fierce battle against them in season four, he reached out and pledged for peace with them. Of course, this was met with resistance among the Wildlings and his Night’s Watch comrades. But Jon Snow knew it was necessary. Sometimes, extraordinary circumstances calls for extraordinary measures. Ultimately, standing by his word that there was a far greater threat is what convinced the two former enemies to align together. Not a easy feat when the two factions had previously been at war against each other for several years.
He Strengthened his Allegiance With the Wildlings
It was one thing getting the new Wilding leader Tormund Giantsbane to side with the Night’s Watch, it was another to get all the rest of them to fully support Jon Snow’s vision. For a partnership to fully work, you have to work hard to nurture the relationship, and actually deliver on your promise. That is what Jon Snow did, when he helped the Wildings leave Hardhome to go south of “The Wall” so they could migrate there, even though fleeing Hardhome costed the lives of some during the White Walkers’ invasion. This also meant that the Night’s Watch would now treat the Wildings like a equal ally, and not as savages. So far, their allegiance has been fruitful, as they managed to eliminate a fierce rival, the Boltons, off the drawing board.
He Proved That the Threat Was Real
Sometimes people aren’t easily convinced off of just words. In this case you have to show others that what you’re saying is the real deal, and that they should get on board. Jon Snow did just that, first when he proved to the Wildings of the White Walker threat, and second when he showed Daenerys Targaryen at the Dragonstone cave of the markings left by the Children of the Forest (another species of living beings). The markings signified that the Children of the Forest and the First Men (human beings) must come together to defeat their “Common Enemy,” which were the Walkers. Daenerys was not convinced that they even existed. On top of that, she had her own agenda which was having Jon bend the knee, take the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister, and rule the Seven Kingdoms. But that’s part of life. Everyone has something that they’re trying to achieve, and so helping one another out can be a great solution if you first show how working together can be a mutually beneficial.
These qualities are what has helped Jon Snow become a great leader, a worthy King of The North, and a beloved character of the series. In the three elements I shared of his rightful doing, he used the art of persuasion to convince the Wildings to work together, he nurtured their partnership, and he showed the reason why aligning with him was at upmost importance. And he did all of this while staying consistent, treating everyone fairly, and remaining humble. These are qualities that a leader should have. If you ever plan to operate your own business, become a sports athlete, or become a famous movie star, you’ll need to learn how to work with others, as well as learn how to lead.
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