This is a fascinating piece of leadership writing from the Nigerian Tribune. Be sure to click through to read the rest of the article.
If we take the time to observe and reflect, we can learn some significant lessons from the animal kingdom all around us. Each species of animal has its own strengths and weaknesses; and within the species, each of them is a unique creature. As leaders (and would-be leaders), the lessons are there for the taking if we pay attention. These 10 lessons from giraffes are great examples of what we can do to become better leaders:
1. Giraffes stick their neck out.
They display their strengths, expose their vulnerabilities and take informed risks to survive and thrive. We should do the same when we are acting alone or as part of a team to demonstrate our own leadership capabilities.
2. Giraffes stand tall.
They take advantage of their natural attributes to establish a commanding presence. Each of us has some sort of advantage in each situation; it is our job to find it and use it. This approach focuses on our positives rather than creating false confidence from others’ weaknesses.
3. Giraffes use their natural camouflage.
They blend in to allow the environment to work for them rather than fighting it. Some of our exteriors may look similar, but as we get closer to each other, recognizing the uniqueness of each of our traits as “spots” is what brings value to the diversity.
4. Giraffes take a higher view.
They have the ability to look down from above. Whether it is from a physical, mental or positional viewpoint, we can take a higher-level look at each situation to gain perspective. Sharing these perspectives with others provides a strategic advantage.
5. Giraffes use their talents and skills.
They have special talents and skills that other animals do not have, and acknowledge them for the advantage they provide. We each have unique talents and skills. Building upon these rather than resting on our laurels contributes to our own continuous growth and instills confidence in others, which can benefit them as well.