In addition to the many life lessons that The Wire provided, there were also valuable lessons in effective management skills and styles.
On Management Style
Stringer: [to Bodie] This here game is more than the rep you carry, the corner you hold. You gotta be fierce, I know that, but more than that, you gotta show some flex, give and take on both sides
Trust and Respect are Essential Parts of Management
Proposition Joe: [to Stringer] The feeling is it ain’t right for you to be at the head of our table, when you can’t call off your dog. Call it a crisis of leadership.
Dress for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have
Avon: Ayo what’s up playboy? How come you wearin’ that suit, B? For real its 85 fuckin’ degrees out here and you try’na be like fuckin’ Pat Riley
Proposition Joe : Look the part, be the part, motherfucker.
Know When to Compete and When to Collaborate
Proposition Joe: Shit is just business, String. Buy for a dollar, sell for two. That’s all it need be. You got the towers, I got what goes in ’em. Later for all that bullshit.
Be Great or Be Terrible, but Do Not Be Mediocre
Stringer: That’s good. That’s like a forty degree day. Ain’t nobody got nuttin to say about a forty degree day. Fifty? Bring a smile to your face. Sixty? Shit, niggas are damn near barbecuing that mothafucka. Go down to twenty? Niggas get they bitch on. Get they blood complainin… but forty? Nobody give a FUCK about forty. Nobody remember forty, and ya’ll niggas is giving me way too many forty degree days. What the fuck?!