Scandal is a hit American drama TV series created by television producer and writer, Shonda Rhimes. The show follows Olivia Pope, a former White House Communications Director, who now runs her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. The firm is devoted to protecting the public images of high-profile individuals, while each episode also follows the dramas and tribulations that unfold in and around the White House.

Olivia Pope is a powerful, strong-minded, intelligent woman who’s always there to fix a messy situation. She’s painfully loyal and an expert in inspiring trust and getting the most difficult jobs completed, no matter what gets in her way.

So what leadership lessons can we learn from this extremely confident, not-to-be-messed-with individual? Read on to find out…

Look the part

Whether you’re about to attend an important business meeting or corporate event, it’s essential to always look the part. We’re not saying you need to be dressed to the nines seven days a week – but if there’s an event where you want to stand out and make a positive impression, you need to think your outfit through so that it makes an impact.

Looking the part automatically leads you to feel more confident and self-assured, which will make people listen to you, respect you and take an interest in your business.

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Never give up

“Whatever happens, we do not give up. It is my name on that door, and I do not give up.”

In Scandal, so many seemingly impossible situations arise, but the team always finds a solution. The world of business can be an exhausting one where countless things weigh down on you, from tackling endless emails, handling difficult clients and making tough decisions. For any business owner it can often feel as if there is no solution and everything is getting on top of you, and the urge to quit is strong. But as Olivia Pope has said time and time again, “I do not give up.” When you use your problem-solving skills to think creatively and strategically, you will find that there is always a way around any situation.

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Be confident

“I am very good at what I do. I am better at it than anybody else.”

Olivia Pope oozes confidence, from the way she walks to the way she talks. People can detect a confident person from a mile off, and confidence is absolutely everything in business. Learning to be confident is an essential investment that will do wonders for your career and your business. When you believe you are good at what you do, your confidence will naturally shine through.

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