So I’ve decided to start doing Top Ten Tuesdays again. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you list ten items in answer to the topic chosen for that week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Characters That Would Make Great Leaders. You can find a full list of past and future topics here.
- Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire
This is obvious just from his time serving as Hand of the King. No matter who sits on that throne, it’s crucial that Tyrion is the one running things – because he knows what the heck he’s doing to keep balance and peace.
- Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows
Kaz is ten steps ahead of everyone and has a plan for everything. If that isn’t leadership material, I don’t know what is.
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
Do I really need to explain this one?
- Clarke Griffin from The 100
Clarke is already a great leader, minus a few questionable decisions in Season 4. She puts the fate of her people before her own wants and even before interpersonal relationships. The ability to do what needs to be done, even if it goes against your own interests, is be an admirable quality in a leader.
- Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes
Helene began Sabaa Tahir’s series as someone unquestioningly loyal to a tyrant, but she’s learned a lot over the course of An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night. I have hopes that Tahir is shaping her for a leadership role after the inevitable fall of the Martial Empire. She’s certainly tough enough for the job.
- Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec
Knope for President. Make America Knope again. Seriously. She’d fix everything and then eat waffles.
- Manon Blackbeak from Throne of Glass
Okay, maybe I’m a fan of ruthless leaders. Manon is another character whose growth points to eventually taking up a position of power. She already has the command aspect down, and she’s learning the moral part as the books continue.
- Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians Percy is one of the stronger protagonists I’ve read, and he has quite a few leadership qualities. He tries to do the right thing in any given situation, and he commands respect and loyalty from those around him. I have a feeling Percy will be some type of leader in the Riordan series I haven’t read yet. I’m excited for it.
- Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments
Magnus has the charisma to make others hear him out, and he’s a powerful warlock on top of it. He also maintains a good balance of empathy and objectivity, which are both qualities a leader should be able to call forth when necessary.
- Locke Lamora from The Lies of Locke Lamora
I’m only 300 pages into this series, but this guy is has a plan A, B, and C for every possible occurrence. He also does whatever he needs to when it comes to protecting his gang, so I’d love to see that on a larger scale. And I haven’t finished this series yet, so maybe I will!
That’s it. Most of these characters are already making good leaders in their stories, but hey, I’m new to this Top Ten Tuesday thing. Which characters do you guys think would make great leaders? Let me know in the comments below!