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Could construction leaders sit on the Iron Throne?

By Ben Pritchard

Game of Thrones, a fictional story about rival families fighting it out for the control of a region is a worldwide phenomenon, both in terms of the book and tv show success. The show recently ended, with results so shocking we won’t write about it in this blog so as not to ruin it for those who have yet to catch up on the series. No spoilers here!

Game of Thrones, once described as ‘The Sopranos in Middle-earth’, is an epic story that has caught the attention and imagination of millions of people. The first book in the series was originally published back in 1997, with the first season of the TV series airing in 2011.

Westeros however, isn’t the sort of place you would think the construction industry could learn anything from, but, in a way it certainly could.

In the midst of the violence, gore and general debauchery some key lessons, key behaviours and traits can be seen that our industry could learn a thing or two from.

Look past the cover and into the depth of the stories that are set out in-front of us, there are lessons on leadership, and even some on diversity and inclusion to take note of.

You might be thinking I’ve lost the plot slightly but please stay with me!

And don’t worry, we promised no spoilers in the reading of this blog!

Leadership – “the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it” – Dwight D. Eisenhower:

Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring

There are many differing leadership styles showcased on the show, some much better than others.

But if you consider the more successful leaders, there are three traits that optimise good leaders, that get the best out of those around them.

Their team is crucial to their success:

Good leaders are nothing without the backing of a strong team.

They realise that alone they will not be able to achieve their vision, and they need to surround themselves with the best people available to ensure success.

The ability to communicate, empathise and relate to those around them ensures a common goal is established within the team.

Without a good leader who has the respect of his team an organisations mission will be difficult to achieve.

They invest in individuals’ strengths:

An American research organisation (Gallup) found that employee engagement plummets to 9% in organisations which fails to focus on individuals’ strengths.

Meanwhile, when leaders make individuals’ strengths a priority, employee engagement surges to 73%.

The better leaders in GOT look to those around them to overcome their weaknesses, they look to create alliances and find partners to overcome the weaknesses and allow them to put their best foot forward.

They understand the needs of others:

To unlock the potential of those around them, they empathises, they understand what drives and motivates them, they look to encourage and unlock this drive and potential.

These traits are as important to leaders in construction as it is to the kings and queens of Westersos. The ability to maximise the productivity of the team around them, to forge relationships to drive their organisation forward, to achieve success and their goals are some of the traits that differ between good and bad leaders.

At Invennt we understand the importance of leadership in unlocking an organisations potential, helping them to grow, helping them become more productive and to help them achieve their ambitions.

We can help organisations identify and unlock their leaders, we can help them understand the needs and drivers of their workforce, and ensure a culture that brings out the best in your organisation at all levels.

If you are interested in discussing how we at Invennt can help you and your organisation, please get in touch at info@invennt.com

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