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The Boss Bracket: Vote For The Most Badass Fictional Leader Of All Time

To mark our New Rules of Work week: a chance for you to vote for the fictional boss you think is the most inspirational, effective leader in the universe.

The Boss Bracket: Vote For The Most Badass Fictional Leader Of All Time
[Photo Mash Up: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company; Avon Barksdale, Cedric Daniels, Marlo Stanfield of “the Wire”, Daenerys Targaryen of “Game Of Thrones”, Selina Meyer of “Veep”, and Tony Soprano of “the Sopranos”: Courtesy of HBO; Buddy Ackerman of “Swimming with Sharks”: Trimark Pictures; Caeser of “Dawn of The Planet of The Apes”, and Miranda Priestly of “the Devil Wears Prada”: courtesy of 20th Century Fox Pictures; Captain Kara Thrace of “Battlestar Galactica” ,Captain Kirk, and Captain Picard of “Star Trek”: courtesy of SyFy; Darth Vader of “Star Wars”: courtesy of LucasFilms; Don Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone; Jordan Belfort of “The Wolf Of Wall Street”: Paramount Pictures; Walter White of “Breaking Bad”, and Don Draper of “Mad Men”: courtesy of AMC; Frank Underwood of “House of Cards”: courtesy of Netflix; Horatio Caine of “CSI:Miami”: courtesy of CBS; Jack Donaghy of “30 Rock”: Ali Goldstein, courtesy of NBC; Leslie Knope of “Parks & Recreation”: Colleen Hayes, courtesy of NBC; Michael Scott of “The Office”, Tami Taylor of “Friday Night Lights”: courtesy of NBC; Lucious Lyon of “Empire”: Chuck Hodes, courtesy of FOX; Monty Burns: courtesy of FOX; M from 007: Francois Duhamel, courtesy of Sony Pictures; Marcellus Wallace of “Pulp Fiction”: courtesy of Miramax Films; Nancy Botwin of “Weeds”: courtesy of Showtime, CBS, Lionsgate Publicity; Nick Fury and Tony Stark of “the Avengers”: courtesy of Marvel Entertainment; Olivia Pope of “Scandal”: Nicole Wilder, courtesy of ABC] [Photo Mash Up: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company; Avon Barksdale, Cedric Daniels, Marlo Stanfield of "the Wire", Daenerys Targaryen of "Game Of Thrones", Selina Meyer of "Veep", and Tony Soprano of "the Sopranos": Courtesy of HBO; Buddy Ackerman of "Swimming with Sharks": Trimark Pictures; Caeser of "Dawn of The Planet of The Apes", and Miranda Priestly of "the Devil Wears Prada": courtesy of 20th Century Fox Pictures; Captain Kara Thrace of "Battlestar Galactica" ,Captain Kirk, and Captain Picard of "Star Trek": courtesy of SyFy; Darth Vader of "Star Wars": courtesy of LucasFilms; Don Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone; Jordan Belfort of "The Wolf Of Wall Street": Paramount Pictures; Walter White of "Breaking Bad", and Don Draper of "Mad Men": courtesy of AMC; Frank Underwood of "House of Cards": courtesy of Netflix; Horatio Caine of "CSI:Miami": courtesy of CBS; Jack Donaghy of "30 Rock": Ali Goldstein, courtesy of NBC; Leslie Knope of "Parks & Recreation": Colleen Hayes, courtesy of NBC; Michael Scott of "The Office", Tami Taylor of "Friday Night Lights": courtesy of NBC; Lucious Lyon of "Empire": Chuck Hodes, courtesy of FOX; Monty Burns: courtesy of FOX; M from 007: Francois Duhamel, courtesy of Sony Pictures; Marcellus Wallace of "Pulp Fiction": courtesy of Miramax Films; Nancy Botwin of "Weeds": courtesy of Showtime, CBS, Lionsgate Publicity; Nick Fury and Tony Stark of "the Avengers": courtesy of Marvel Entertainment; Olivia Pope of "Scandal": Nicole Wilder, courtesy of ABC]

The print and digital pages of Fast Company are bursting with inspirational stories and actionable insights from leaders from every sector–the real business bosses who move industries forward while inspiring underlings to ever greater feats of productivity and innovation.

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But there’s no reason the learning has to stop just because you’ve clocked off work and you’re at home soaking in hours of streamed entertainment or time-shifted/on-demand TV. In fact, the lessons from the fictional leaders in our favorite films and episodic shows are magnified through the power of narrative. Even if their often extreme management techniques wouldn’t fly in our everyday business lives, these imagined leaders still set enduring examples, and provide lessons we can draw from when the going gets tough, or we’re facing a career decision point.

And so, as part of Fast Company‘s New Rules of Work Week, we wanted to salute these fictional bosses by choosing one supreme leader. We’ve created a Boss Bracket (see below) and we’re putting it to you to choose what TV/movie boss you’d follow to the gates of hell/Monday status meeting.

A note about methodology: Not all the bosses here are corporate leaders who work in offices. Some of them are crime bosses. Some rule kingdoms (and dragons). We included all the leaders of people (and other beings) who had relevant management lessons to teach, whether they were applied on the streets, in the boardroom, or in space.

And note also: not all of these bosses were loved. Some were feared. We’ll leave the eternal question of which is the more effective leadership strategy to Sonny from A Bronx Tale and to you, dear bracket voter.

Here’s how it works: We’ll open the voting for 24 hours per round, starting at 6 a.m. each day, until we’ve eliminated all but the best boss.

That means, today is the day to vote for your round 1 picks.

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Remember: don’t vote for the nicest person, or your favorite show–vote for the baddest-ass boss. Sound off in the comments. And then get back to work!


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