Can we talk about Lexa’s discussion with the Nightbloods?
She is teaching them not only about combat, not only about weaponry and handling, movement and agility and grace; not only about observation, perception, and anticipation; not only about the physical demands of a warrior and a Commander.
She is teaching them about head and heart.
Head. Heart. Body.
“What are the three pillars of being a Commander?”
One has to wonder how it was that Lexa was trained as a young Nightblood. I have to believe it was to value physical ability above all else–strength and power. I imagine she learned to lead with strength, with a firm hand, with a righteous fury. I imagine she learned to lead with her body before all else–tactics of intimidation, shows of skill, displays of ability and capability and willingness to carry through.
Lexa, however, is unique.
She is a visionary. She is a rarity. She thinks outside the box.
Does she employ body in her leadership? Absolutely. She can be very physical, can be physically dominant and powerful, can exact physical retribution and vengeance. She does rule with her body.
But, she also rules with her head and her heart, no matter how she might deny the latter.
She tends more toward cool-headed logic than hot-headed violence. She can listen and is willing to. She is rational, thorough, tactful. She is diplomatic and pragmatic, and she can see beyond herself, beyond her needs and the needs of the few or of the factioned. She was willing and able, unlike any Commander to come before her, to study the clans, to learn of their desires and needs, to listen so as to propose something never before considered–unity. Not only was she willing and able to propose unity, but she was able to create it, ensure it, maintain it (for quite some time).
This is how she leads with her head, but unity does not merely stem from wisdom and logic. It stems from compassion, from heart, as well.
And Lexa has that. She has it in spades.
She has empathy for her people, not only those of her own clan but of all clans, for those who have helped her and for those who have harmed her. She has empathy and understanding and compassion. This is, truly, what sets Lexa apart.