The third instalment of DiversityQ’s Game of Thrones series analyses the strategic qualities of the character Tyrion Lannister.
This week, as the much-anticipated final season speeds towards its conclusion, DiversityQ takes a closer look at the minority characters in Game of Thrones and how their diversity not only enriches the plot but helps those in power, stay in power – similar to what happens in the world of business.
- Tyrion Lannister
White, male and rich; you’d think Tyrion Lannister is the very definition of White Privilege. Only he’s a dwarf and as a result, has been abused and taunted his entire life, even by his own family.
However, what he lacks in height he makes up in intelligence and there’s a lot more to him than just witty one-liners.
The mastermind behind the win at the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion is a strategist, he knows his politics, he’s learned and despite all his setbacks, he’s not consumed with bitterness; he’s kind.
He’s also the perfect example of someone who has not let his disability prevent him from succeeding – in fact, it’s made him graft harder – and as a result of his hard work, has been appointed the King/Queen’s Hand numerous times.
He can be a bit too trusting though, and it’s this naiveté that leads him to believe Cersei has turned over a new leaf when she agrees to fight the Night King in the North. Another key strength of Tyrion’s is his patience.
Despite being provoked and abused for years, he knows how to bide his time and wait for the opportune moment to seek justice. If there are two things a business leader can take away from Tyrion’s story it’s this; wait your time and never trust your enemy.
Game of Thrones is shown on the Sky platform in the UK