In The Walking Dead series finale, Governor Pamela Milton turned on her people when things got bad. In a zombie apocalypse, who leads your group matters.
If you saw the series finale of The Walking Dead, then you saw Pamela Milton reveal what a massive scumbag she was, as her attempts to silence dissent within the Commonwealth backfired. Not only did she abandon the ordinary citizens of her community to the horde of smart zombies that had invaded, but she also demanded that the horde be funneled into the poorer sections of the Commonwealth so that the dead would be so distracted eating the people who lived there that she and her rich cronies could hole up in their mansions.
Of course, the very reason the zombies had managed to breach the Commonwealth in the first place was that, rather than address criticism from her citizens, Governor Milton chose to have walkers routinely led to the Commonwealth so she could have an excuse to initiate lockdowns across the community.
All of this abuse of authority made me realize just how important having good leadership is in a zombie apocalypse. The presence of a good leader can legitimately make the difference between life and death. A good leader can manage to make the best of a bad situation and get their group to safety, whilst a bad leader can squander an embarrassment of riches and doom everyone following them. That’s why, for this week’s The Walking Dead Survival Rule Of The Week, I’m going to focus on what makes a good leader whilst also pointing out the telltale signs of a bad one.