Top Ten Tuesday – Characters Who Can Lead and Characters Who Just Can’t


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is leadership. I decided to break this down into two groups, 5 characters will be those who I think are fantastic leaders, and the other 5 will be characters that I think suck at leading.  Here we go!

1. Alana from Saga:

Alana is definitely my most favorite character from the Saga series. She makes a great leader partly because she’s so badass, but also because she’s a mother. Alana knows what needs to be done and does it.  She’s a realistic character also because she doesn’t always make the best decisions but she owns up to this and makes things better.


2. Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire:

Tyrion is a genius at leading, he was made to play the game.  An interesting thing about how Tyrion likes to lead is that he likes to be the right hand man. He likes having someone to lead for, which is part of what makes him so good at what he does.


3. Sorcha from The Valiant: 

The main character’s sister Sorcha was one of my favorite characters in The Valiant. Sorcha is a famous warrior among her people and is a strong leader. It’s later revealed in the story that she’s running an all female gladiator school and she’s looked up to and respected by everyone under her.


4. Safiya and Iseult from Truthwitch: 

These two have a really great bond, they are what’s known in their world as threadsisters. They protect each other and I really liked it that they had such an equal relationship. They were both good at different kind of magic, and do a good job of taking turns leading in different situations.


5. Lilith From Xenogenesis Series:

Lilith never wanted to be the leader, but I really liked how she stepped up to the plate when she had to. She knew it was the right thing to do.  And the situation in this series is far from easy. Lilith is chosen by the aliens to help them learn how to ingrate themselves with humans. Talk about a hard job! But Lilith does really well, she takes care of people and learns to care for them and the aliens.


6. Celaena from Throne of Glass:

Celaena makes it to first place in my book of worst leaders ever. She’s selfish, petty, stupid and can never seem to see what her actions will do in advance. And yet for some inexplicable reason she ends up being a leader? This series was extremely annoying.


7. Monty From A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. 

Ah Monty. 😀 Probably the world’s most carefree, thoughtless dandy, Monty would never make a good leader. Though his father pushes him to be the sort of man who will run the family estate and make the hard decisions, Monty would much rather have fun and drink.  I relate to him, but he would never be my choice for leader.


8. Gansey from The Raven Cycle: 

The series is built around the fact that Gansey is the leader and it just drives me up a wall. Gansey is not a good leader, he’s a good micromanager. He’s good at being completely insensitive and throwing his wealth on people who don’t want it. And he’s really good at being a jerk. But leader? No, that’s the last thing he’s good at.


9. Kaz from Six of Crows: 

Kaz was a character that started off really strong and then completely let me down by the end of the book. I felt like his leadership skills declined the more distracted he got by his love interest.


10. Alina from The Grisha Series: 

I swear I don’t mean to pick on Leigh Bardugo’s characters, this just happened to be the last book I could find.  Alina is yet another chosen one who ends up choosing her romance over actually saving the day. I’m sorry but this makes you a terrible leader, and it also makes for a really annoying plot!


That’s all I have for you guys today! Don’t forget to leave a comment and leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday,  I can’t wait to read your post!


  1. YES, YES, YES. I completely agree. Kaz and Alina would be absolutely amazing leaders. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

  2. Wow, there are some UNPOPULAR opinions in your post, LMAO. I think Aelin would be a good leader if you considered only the first books in the series. Recently, the series and her character have crashed slightly. I’ll read Tower of Dawn soon, and I hope that the final book in the series will be good.
    And yeah, Monty is too carefree! 🙂 I LOVED the twist you gave this topic.
    I was on hiatus for the entire month of November when I was supposed to write about this fantastic topic on leaders because of exams, so I missed it. But I ended up writing it anyway with my own twist and posting it on the blog weeks later. I couldn’t pass the opportunity!

    My topic is Leaders of a Bank Robbery Operation, LOL. ❤

    Here’s my belated TTT!

    I don’t know why, but I’ve seen some people not very motivated by this topic, but I found it to be SUPER interesting, especially because we could give it our own twist.

    • I thought Aelin horrible throughout the entire series, and awful at most things she did. I hated the first book so much the only reason I kept reading was because a friend was making me. But we can agree to disagree lol.
      Your topic sounds interesting though! Thanks for leaving a link. 🙂

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