When I was writing Raylan Givens’s blog, I noticed a number of similarities between him and Michael Westen–so much that I almost didn’t write Michael’s blog. Both left bad home lives for a life of righting wrongs. Both returned home against their will. Both go out of their ways to help people.
But I think Michael is more of a leader than Raylan, who is a bit more arrogant and doesn’t ask for help. Michael doesn’t either, but he’s learned to accept it, even depend on it. He has support on Sam, the former Navy SEAL, who used to spy on him for the Feds, and Fiona, the IRA-trained former spy who is also his on-again, off-again lover. Even his mother Madeline is drawn in to help every now and again, much against Michael’s will. She seems to be trying to make up for his unpleasant childhood, and he’s trying to protect her.
Sam, Fiona and Madeline turn to Michael for guidance. He’s usually the one with the plan, always trying for the simplest solution with the fewest people hurt. That’s not always the way things work, but he’s also able to adapt quickly.
Even when Fiona and Sam are on other operations, they come to Michael (or call) for guidance. they know he cares enough about them to take the time to get them safely out of a situation.
I think that’s a primary quality of a good leader–caring about the people he leads as well as being smart enough to lead.
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