- Daryl Dixon/Flickr
Last week, we broke down the best and worst leaders in “Game of Thrones.”
Now let’s talk about who you’d actually want to work for if you were somehow magically transported into the show.
The answer for me is obvious: Lady Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island.
Here’s why, out of all the characters in Westeros and Essos, Lady Mormont is an ideal boss.
Warning: “Game of Thrones” spoilers ahead.
She’s not ‘nice’
Come on, this is “Game of Thrones.”It’s an understatement to say that being nice usually doesn’t get you very far.
Lyanna, despite being an adorable 10-year-old, is not “sweet.” She doesn’t sugarcoat. She demands answers. She calls people out on their nonsense.
Having a nice boss is overrated, especially in a cutthroat world like the North. You want someone who’s going to look out for your best interests and get stuff done.
She gets the facts right
During her negotiation session with Davos and the Starks, Lyanna isn’t afraid to ask questions. She cross-examines her guests and relies on her maester for additional information. Good leaders make sure they’re well-informed before making a major decision, like revolting against the evil Warden of the North.
She’s always looking out for her team
When Lyanna’s interrogating Sansa and Jon in “The Broken Man,” her priorities become clear.
She’s first and foremost looking out for her own people. She’s not going to sacrifice her army on some fool’s errand for every displaced Stark with a sob story.
Before she signs on for anything, she wants to make sure that the venture will be worthwhile for Bear Island. She’s got the best interests of her soldiers – all 62 of them – in mind.
She’s tough — but not stubborn
Lyanna gives Jon, Davos, and Sansa a hard time when they visit Bear Island, pointing out their disadvantages and shooting down their compliments.
She voices her concerns about their plan, but she eventually accepts their persuasive pitch. Lady Mormont strikes the perfect balance between skepticism and flexibility. She’s no sap, but she’s not unreasonable, either.
She doesn’t let anything stop her
Westeros isn’t a great place to be a woman. And being a little kid won’t keep you safe either – RIP Mycah, the butcher’s boy.
Still, the Lady of Bear Island doesn’t let her gender and age stop her from being a boss. She makes no apologies and uses peoples’ underestimation of her leadership abilities to her advantage.
She sees the big picture
- Helen Sloan/HBO
Despite Lyanna’s initial skepticism about Sansa and Jon’s plea, she comes around. Lady Mormont realizes that the Starks know what they’re talking about. Supporting the fight against Ramsay Bolton is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a smart move for the future.
Now the Starks are back at Winterfell and Lyanna’s got allies for the wars to come. She sees the big picture and isn’t bogged down by the trivial concerns that affect lesser lords (like those idiots in House Glover).
She leads by example
- Daryl Dixon/Youtube
Lyanna Mormont doesn’t just talk the talk. She actually showed up at the Battle of the Bastards! You know, the crazy, gruesome fight against the dude whose hobbies include flaying human beings? She was casually watching the whole scary mess on horseback on the edge of the battlefield.
That’s because the Lady of Bear Island goes where her men go. She’s not just going to send them off to fight and sit at home. She leads by example, like any good boss should.