Top Ten Tuesday: The Leaders

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This week is all about the leaders. It’s about the characters that have that charisma and ability to take charge, in the good and bad moments. Some characters fall into this role naturally, but others find that they are unwittingly thrust into a position they never wanted. Here are the characters that I feel are or would make great leaders.

1. Rhy from Shades of Magic: While Rhy is known for his charming, care free personality, it’s no secret that he strives to be a worthy leader for his people. In A Conjuring of Light, Rhy is forced to stand on his own two feet and make the hard choices. He might not believe in himself just yet, but he has displayed a lot of the traits you need ina  good leader, and he has a great support system around him.

2. Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy: She is a brilliant strategist. It’s clear troughout the series that she has the intelligence needed to lead. The emperor, much as I despied him, saw that. However, beyond her intelligene and strategic mind, Kestrel is also compassionate. She will asses every situation with a logical mind, but is also aware of the emotional and political consequences of such choices.

3. Luka from Wolf by Wolf: Luka. </3 All he needed was a chance. His journey in this series was beautifully developed. He’s the kind of guy that chose to live in ignorance but was forced to face reality. In doing so, he saw his mistake and took it upon himself to right his wrongs. He would have been an incredble leader.

4. Finnikin from the Lumatere Chronicles: He never wanted to be a leader, but his mannerisms and determination to do what’s right automatically draws people to him. Everyone can see just how incredible he is in the role, he just needs to see it himself.

5. August from Monsters of Verity: Our Dark Duet saw August thrust into the role of a leader and with that responsibility came his greatest doubts. Does he sacrifice that part of him that related to humanity to be the leader they want him to be or does he embrace that empathy. It’s a fascinating dilemma and throughout the book we see him grapple with what it means to be a leader.

6. Leo Trevi from Rookie Move: Every team needs a leader. In sports, it’s the leaders that take charge, they lead by example and keep their teammates inspired. Leo is a Rookie in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, but he has a maturity to him that showcases his ability to be a future leader for the team. It also helps that he has guys like O’Doule and Mike to help him along the way.

7. Hanna from Gemina: Don’t let looks decieve you. She may act like a “princess” but she is incredibly resourceful and skillful. The events in Gemina saw her pushed to her limits and no matter how hard it was, her resolve to survive demonstrated just how good a leader she could be.

8. Blue from The Raven Cycle: Gansey is the natural leader, but Blue felt like the glue holding them all together. I don’t think she sees just how vital she was to the Raven Boys.

9. Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles: He may be a jokester, but when it comes down to it, he will do anything for the people he cares about. Again, I don’t think he realises just how important he is to the group, but he had a huge role to play and his care free attitude made it easier for the group to connect with one another.

10. Matty Iverson from Jockblocked: Another guy that never wanted to be in the position of a leader. It’s easier for Matty to be the fun jock, but this novel saw him having to step up and fill in that leadership void that came with Knox’s departure from the team.

Those are the characters that display a strong capacity for leadership.
Which character would you follow?



32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Leaders

  1. I loved August, he was an amazing leader without ever wanting to lead. Circumstances beyond his control made him what he was. Fantastic series!!!
    Rye was such an enigmatic character, truly fascinating and willing to rule his people the right way. ❤️
    I love seeing Levi on your list, never thought of him in such a light but you are 100% right.

    I requested Wolf by Wolf, it sounds quite intriguing.

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    1. August made a great leader and I loved exploring the doubts and struggles he faced with that position.
      Wolf by Wolf is such an amazing duology and does a fantastic job of exploring the theme of identity.


  2. Such great choices! I especially agree with Blue. She always talked about how much she loved her Raven Boys, which made it sound like she wasn’t an integral part of the group, even though she was, as you said, the glue to the team.

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  3. I love your choices, Lois 🙂 Blue was definitely the glue holding them all together, without her, the Raven Boys wouldn’t be quite the same, I think. Oh, how I miss these characters now, just thinking about them, ahah ❤ Thorne and Hanna would make incredible leaders as well – and I love them both. Obviously, I can't NOT love Thorne ahah, I'd read books about him 😛 ❤

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    1. Blue was like the missing piece of the puzzle in that group. I have so many books I want to re-read but just can’t find the time to do so haha.
      Thorne is a total babe. I’d happily read another book on all his adventures.

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  4. I’m currently reading Our Dark Duet haha ! As for Blue, I totally agree ! I’ve only read the first two books in The Raven Cycle but she’s truely important to their posse ! And Rhy, of course ! I tried to pick people who weren’t leader already but Rhy ❤

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  5. I love love love your list so much, and I especially agree with Rhy, Blue, and Thorne! I was on hiatus for the entire month of November when I was supposed to write about this fantastic topic on leaders, 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!

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