What leadership skills do you have in common with Olivia Pope, THE FIXER? Olivia Pope is an expert at gaining peoples trust and completing the job at hand! She teaches us that Loyalty Is the be all and end all. This team of Olivia Popes protects each other even when it gets tough.
Competition and criticism can easily find their way into any workplace. We know that Olivia will not throw one of her people under the bus. She deals with challenges head on and directly. She can do this, as she is a highly credible leader.
Be THE Gladiator
Quinn says: “I’m a gladiator in a suit. Because that is what you are when you work for Olivia – you are a gladiator in a suit. Do you want to be a gladiator in a suit?” The term has since become emblematic of the show. However, what does he mean? From a professional perspective, he means that they work tirelessly and fight passionately for what they believe is right. That fighting spirit can be applied to the work you do as well as the way you go to bat for your team, no matter what you are up against.
Leave Personal Challenges Outside
Olivia Pope has a complex personal life, yet, she enters a client and she is all business. She scores wins at work. Your problems can get in the way. Focus your mind on your professional duties to give it a rest from all the other worries.
Find THE Way
Sometimes a challenge seems impossible. This Pope team finds a way to make it work. In any job, there are challenges the difference between success and failure is finding a way around them. Creative problem solving is the common trait of successful people. One must remember: Olivia never does it on her own. She always taps the unique talents of her team.
No One’s Perfect
Ms. Pope is quite aware of her weaknesses. Her entire team has definitely made some mistakes but she continues to support them regardless. Neither you nor anyone at your work is perfect, ultimately, you believe in their ability and skill set and you do teach them how to do better next time round. Leaders must invest in their team.
Next time you are in a moment of crisis, just think, “WWOPD?” What would Olivia Pope do?