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What wolves can teach us about leadership

Don’t you just hate bloggers who stop blogging? Business demands exploded (in a good way), wife’s longterm illness going through a very difficult phase so had to recruit a bigger care team, etc. etc. yadda yadda…enough excuses. Apologies.

This is from the website of Mac Anderson and his team, Simple Truths, which has some really nice ‘encapsulated’ leadership tools – clips and short books that distill things down to their essence. Renee Stevens at IHG put me onto them and I think much of what they do is great.

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”

~Rudyard Kipling

“The Wolf Credo written by Del Goetz truly captures what the wolf is all about:

Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack.

Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between.

Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark.

© Del Goetz”

I know C K Prahalad has a picture of wolves above his desk and says we can learn a lot about leadership from how they work together, with different members of the pack taking the lead at different times. And I’ve always liked this, which is completely a different point but mentions wolves, so I throw it in here anyway:

More on wolves and leadership in a book on Mac Anderson’s Simple Truths site here


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