She might have been the youngest member of the rebel gang running around the Death Star in A New Hope (remember, Luke was the older of the twins) but that didn’t stop Princess Leia taking charge, escaping the battle station, leading the Empire to Yavin and the Death Star to its doom. Writing at, Dan Zehr looks at the leadership of Leia in A New Hope.

Leadership is not as easy as Princess Leia Organa makes it look. The senator from Alderaan frequently finds herself in situations that would overwhelm just about anyone, but Leia has an uncanny blend of inner strength, tenacity, and compassion that make her someone you want on your side. Whether she’s escaping from the Death Star, encouraging a reluctant hero, or helping to get the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, Princess Leia gets the job done like no other.

Among the many challenges of leadership is the fact that there is no “one size fits all” approach. What motivates one person will not work for the next. Leia gets that, probably better than anybody. And what sets her apart is her ability to discover how to bring out each respective person’s best, while also furthering her mission of peace and justice in the galaxy.

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
  • Hardcover Book
  • Anders, Lou (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 08/25/2020 (Publication Date) - Disney Lucasfilm Press (Publisher)