Leadership styles via animals
A leader is defined, thanks to Google, as “the person who leads or commands a group, organisation, or country”. So, through words and actions, they influence individuals to follow them, however you can get a few different kinds of leaders…
A visionary leader both symbolically and because, well, they have good vision! They are focused, can see the bigger picture clearly from a high vantage point and they know the power of targeting. They also know the advantage of renewal, as when they reach the half way point of their life, they fly to a safe place and pluck off their old feathers, to allow for stronger feathers to take their place.
Hyenas know the dominance of teamwork, and share the authority via age ranks. Teamwork also makes it easier to fight off intruders and to control territory.
The classic! The aim for most leaders, but rightly so I wonder? The lion screams ‘dominant alpha’ with it’s strong personality and sheer lack of cowardliness. A lion’s aim is to protect the pack i.e. business and employees but their reputation to make themselves be heard tends to mean they lead by fear and not by cooperation. However, lions are charitable creatures, who leave leftovers to other animals and so aren’t greedy.
Tigers are sneaky things! They are always on the look out for potential errors, but still, they take massive leaps and risks (and hardly ever fail). They locate and stalk the weakest prey, and then have patience to wait for them to perish, ultimately ending up on top. They aren’t good team members, and can be quite selfish creatures at times.
Speed not strength is a cheetah’s main mantra. They always want move ahead more rapidly than anyone else. They are flexible to alternate courses and regularly put themselves out in the open, away from their comfort zone, in order to catch the best win. They aren’t very smart when they have won, and so it’s easy to snatch their catch away from them. With this in mind, they need to work on their authority to others as these, too, work best alone.
The sheepdog will micromanage without care, and so can be quite annoying but are very skilled at keeping everyone on the right track, even if it’s not where their team thinks they ought to be going. They are also good communicators and are very supportive leaders, as they know where they want everyone to be heading, and aren’t afraid to nip them on the ankle to get them going in the right direction.
Adaptable to any and all situations, and to any type of personality their business and staff need. Often the most experienced and wise, this type makes the best leaders. Experience is actually the most common trait of successful leaders, and with this, they tend to take societies demands into account. Remember: a wise man is strong.