A lesson from nature

June 9, 2017

A leadership lesson from Wolves

 

 

The three in front are old & sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind.

 

The next five are the strongest & best, they are tasked to protect the front side if there is an attack.

 

The pack in the middle are always protected from any attack. T

 

he five behind them are also among the strongest & best; they are tasked to protect the back side if there is an attack.

 

The last one is the LEADER. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same path. He is always ready to run in any direction to protect & serves as the 'bodyguard' to the entire group.

 

Just in case anyone wanted to know what it really means to be a leader. It's not about being out front. It means taking care of the team.

 

Sounds good right?  But apparently it is not true.  "That makes for a compelling and inspirational story about teamwork — but it’s not true.David Attenborough took the photo in question for the BBC’s “Frozen Planet” Series in 2011. It shows 25 timber wolves hunting bison in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada. The female alpha wolf led the pack, and the others followed in a single file line to save energy as they made their way through deep snow, according to the environmental website Benvironment.Wolf packs are typically about half the size of the pack pictured in the photo from 2011. Most packs don’t hunt prey the size of bison (which is 10 times the size of a wolf), but the larger pack is able to. And the wolves walking in a single file line through deep snow is a classic example of how they’re able to use weather conditions to their advantage while hunting prey that’s much larger than them.Also, the idea that wolves have to be on the lookout for “ambushes” or attacks isn’t true, either. Wolves are at the top of the food chain and have no natural predators. Aside from turf battles with other wolves (which wouldn’t start in an ambush) bears are the only threat to wolves in Canada. Even so, experts say that bears are only able to prey on wolf pups because grown wolves are too fast, swift and clever to get caught by them."  Well it makes for a good story regardless.  

 

 

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