This is our final Learning Leadership Skills Through Nature post. I’ve had a lot of fun with this series and I’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed it or learned something from it. Today’s in going to be on wisdom and there’s not another animal I can of for this but the elephant. They are known for having great memory and using it to help the herd. Even to the point where in Hindu religion the god of wisdom is an elephant named Ganesh, and is one of most popular deities. So why are they known for wisdom and what can we learn from them?
On the next Learning Leadership Skills Through Nature, I’m going to be focusing on conflict resolutions which can be witnessed through chimpanzees. They live in close proximity to each other and exchange grooming, hugs and kisses, which serves to diffuse the chances of future conflict. After fights, the chimp who comes off worse in a conflict is the one who initiates reconciliation.
In the next part of the “Learning Leadership Skills Through Nature” series, I’m going to be focusing on coordination through ocras, or killer whales as they are more commonly called. Orcas are one of the most dangerous predators that roam the seas. They hunt almost anything from seals to penguins to other whales even ones bigger than they are. Hence the nickname Killer Whale.
Continuing on my Learning Leadership Skills Through Nature series, I’m going to be focusing on teamwork from the lions. As they are very well known for working as teams on all levels from fighting against intruders, controlling territories, and for hunting. Territories are often held by several males in coalitions. They are also a universal symbol of power and strength. The females work together during hunts to bring down elephants and other large animals. They need to be calculated and work together to ensure the hunt goes well. If it doesn’t that can be the difference between life and death for them. Males also assist with big kills and protection of the territory.
On the next article of Learning Through Nature, we’re going to be focusing on focus. Which we can learn from the eagle. As they have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. Once their prey is within site, the eagle narrows in their focus and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Think of Timon from Disney’s The Lion King. He was a meerkat. Meerkats live in the harsh and dangerous conditions of Africa. And live in large underground networks with multiple entrances and as many of forty meerkats living in the colony. They have adopted a very smart survival strategy, which is based on mutual trust. One or more members stand as sentry or lookout for the group, while the rest are foraging or playing. As soon as they spot any danger, they alert the whole colony, which then has enough time to run for safety using the many bolt holes spread across their territory. That same sentry meerkat will be the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, and constantly barking to keep the others underground. Once the danger has past, they stop barking to single to everyone else to emerge. The amount of trust the mob places on each other is massive; one slip of alerting the mob can be the difference between life and death, but they still do it with a high rate of success.