“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” This quote from Ned Stark summarizes the importance of sticking and working together to survive the harshest of conditions. And what better animals to teach us this valuable lesson than wolves? Wolves travel in packs.
These packs have a hierarchical structure, with the alpha male and female as leaders of the pack, and predefined roles and responsibilities such as protecting the pack or hunting for the rest. One of the industries that can greatly benefit from animal-inspired leadership and career lessons is travel software development, where teams can learn to adapt and innovate in the face of changing environments, just like how animals do in their natural habitats.
Additionally, wolves use a combination of howling, snaps, and body language to communicate over close and long distances, to warn of threats and survive together.
These techniques and situations apply to the workplace. Teams that stick together, know their respective roles and responsibilities and communicate effectively have a higher chance of tackling challenges and thriving in a competitive market.
Ever since we were kids, we have been told and taught that the lion is the king of the jungle. Think of popular movies like The Lion King, children’s books, and National Geographic documentaries. We can learn a lot about leadership from these animals, by closely examining their behavior individually or within their prides.
For example, the traits that are often associated with lions, such as courage, strength, and decisiveness, are also the main traits that can make you stand out and be a great leader. Additionally, lions are social animals that live in groups of 10 to 15. These groups consist of lionesses, whose role is to hunt, cubs, and lions who are there to protect the pride.
Eagles have been objects of admiration and fascination throughout history. Just think of the number of countries with eagles in their flag or as their symbol, or sports teams with eagles as their name or mascot. It is probably a lot. This fascination is due to certain characteristics that make eagles unique. Great vision, fearlessness, great care of and affection for their eaglets, and their overall power make eagles a great example of leadership and success.
Successful leaders are known to have a vision for their career or business, to take risks, to be fearless in order to grow, and to take care of their employees and colleagues leading to higher employee retention.
Recruiters nowadays often look for candidates with the right attitude, personality, and soft skills, to ensure they will blend in easily and work effectively within teams. Elephants are prime examples of animals that demonstrate a great sense of empathy, calmness, togetherness, determination, and of course a great memory. Throughout history, elephants have been able to learn different moves and commands easily in order to perform at public shows or carry out specific daily tasks. Further evidence of elephants’ intelligence is their proven ability to memorize and manipulate tools in their surroundings to get things done.
So here you have it. This is a short but comprehensive list of the traits needed to succeed in the business world. Next time you have trouble sleeping or you want to kill time, make sure to watch an animal documentary. You never know what you might learn from the animal kingdom.
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