I was watching the Nat Geo Wild Channel on Dstv and I saw the lifestyle in the Lion kingdom. It gave me a thought of leaderships lessons which we can learn from a lion been the king not just in the lion kingdom or the big cat family but the entire animal kingdom. These lessons are worth sharing.
The Lion only hunt when there is a need for it (When it is hungry)
There must always be a “why” for almost everything decision you take and every action you do. It is this “why” that will keep you going even if things are working against all odds. Your reason is a motivating and it keeps motivating you to the end. Another lesson here is that being brave or being a leader does not mean you have to be looking for trouble or doing anything you want at the detriment of others.
The Lion is Brave
The quality that actually qualifies him as a leader in the animal kingdom is more than strength, size, fighting or hunting skills. The bravity of the lion is what earned it the king the animal kingdom. There are other animal with more strength, larger size, awesome fighting and hunting skills even faster but they aren’t as brave as the lion. This a great quality a leader should possess, you should brave to take decision without looking back as a leader.
The gentility in its footsteps
Have you ever wondered why the gentility in its footstep especially when it’s about to go after a prey. You don’t have to be a noise maker or rough before you achievement your goals as a leader.
The succession plan in the kingdom
This is one of the great qualities I learnt when seeing that documentary. The cubs are taught all the qualities of a lion since childhood. Starting from how to relate with females and other males in the kingdom. And the most thrilling part is how it is left alone to live when approaching adulthood under the guidance of an adult but without it been aware. You need to have a succession plan for leadership post by training younger ones and subordinates and putting them to real life test under your supervision.
The Lioness is responsible for hunting while the Lion protect the home.
A good leader must understand the importance of delegation of responsibility. You make use of the strength of every member of your team and delegate duties accordingly. Also, you must know your team member very well in order to achieve this.
A good leader must be confidence in himself and other team members. This is part of what is taught to the cub. And this is why it discovers its identity and potential at the very early stage. A leader must be able to discover his strength with a high level of confidence.
This is important in not just in every social group or institution but in the inner self of a person. It is amazing how the lion as a leader disciplines the cubs when they mess up and mess around in the kingdom. This can only be achieved because it is discipline himself. No wonder he does not just go for anything that comes it way.
It can spent 20 hours of sleep a day
Isn’t that surprising to know? Even with all the responsibility that the lion shoulders, it still find time to sleep this long sometimes. You don’t have to be a workaholic to be a good leader. I am sure you have heard about the slogan that says, “worker smarter not harder”, that says it all.
Lion rarely eats entire prey (sharing)
I have always believe one of the formula for having more is giving (sharing), I never knew it’s a good leadership quality. Now I learnt this from the lion as it rarely eats its entire prey, there are always leftovers for the hyenas and the vultures. Even occasion where there is no leftover (which is rare), it is shares within the big cat kingdom.
10. Relationship management
Lions are very social because they form groups within the kingdom known as pride. The lion also manages other animals in the animal kingdom, have ever wondered how other are kept quiet and put to orderliness with roar sound. This is to me the most important lesson quality I figured out here.
I hope you have learnt at least one or two lessons from this post. Let me know which one it is using the comment box. Also, you may add more lessons you have using the comment box below.