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It seems like everyone who watches Scandal has seen some part of themselves in Olivia Pope. She is strong woman, but definitely faces her share of challenges. We can learn a lot from her. What are the most important lessons we can learn from the white-hat-wearing wonder? Let’s break it down. 

Be observant

Olivia Pope fixes problems. She handles it. To do that, she observes almost everything. The words people say, their body language – anything can completely change a scenario. Keep alert – yes, coffee helps – and watch your surroundings. You might have to remember the events unfolding in front of you one day, no matter how irrelevant they may seem. Pay attention to everything around you; you can learn a lot from this world if you do.

Attention to detail 

Sometimes details seem small and may seem unimportant, but acknowledge them anyway. Small details in your tasks are important, too. Every small aspect makes up the larger sum. Employers love a detail-oriented employee, because they have confidence that nothing is left untouched.

Know when to delegate

Even Olivia Pope cannot complete every task by herself. She has her associates, her “Gladiators in Suits,” to help her. Delegation is a tricky process, especially for type A’s that like things done a particular way. Relinquishing that control, when it makes sense, frees your schedule up to finish tasks and do so efficiently. I am a firm believer that you are never, regardless of position or title, above any task, but delegating when appropriate can be useful.

Dress for success

Outside of that whole kidnapping scenario – and even then, Kerry Washington always looks flawless, Olivia Pope is rarely seen not dressed to the nines. We all have our sweatpants and no make-up days. We all need them, but as my grandmother always tells me, “if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good.” If you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Having a put-together, clean appearance can exude confidence and competency.


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Wear your white hat

She may wrestle with it quite often, but Olivia Pope dons her white hat with pride. Doing the right thing can be challenging a lot of times, but it is called the right thing for a reason. Never let what people want you to do stop you from listening to your convictions. Respect yourself and respect others enough to hold actions accountable, personal opinions and desires aside. Be honorable enough to change the world around you for the better. This world has enough lies and manipulation without you adding any more. A white hat can be worn at all times, matches with every outfit. It never goes out of style.

No one can be Olivia Pope besides Olivia Pope and no one can be you besides you. Every girl can be an observant, detail-oriented, delegating, well-dressed, white-hat-wearing girl boss. Find your inner Olivia Pope. Run your own world with the courage and conviction that everyone knows you have.

Jessie Bee
CONTRIBUTOR