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Leadership lessons from a sea turtle

SeaTurtleIn September 2012, during a visit to Mt. McKinley in Alaska, I got into a whimsical discussion with a local guide about what leadership advice a mountain might offer, if it could speak. Just recently, during some “up close and personal” swimming time with green sea turtles in Hawai’i, I somehow ended up in a similar conversation –what leadership advice would sea turtles give us, if they could talk? What leadership lessons can we learn from turtles?  Here’s my list:

  • Swim with the current (instead of against it)
  • Be open to alternate journeys; they may take you to better feeding grounds
  • Remember to come up for air
  • When you’re in deep and the pressure is heavy, stay calm and swim to the surface
  • Navigate your way through stormy waters
  • Each day is only one small step in a lengthier journey – think long-term
  • Take time to rest on the beach!

So what would you add to my “leadership lessons from a sea turtle” list? Please share by Commenting below.

8 thoughts on “Leadership lessons from a sea turtle

  1. I like the ones presented and would also offer this one…..

    In order to move forward towards your goal, don’t hide your head inside your shell.

    1. You’ve been swimming with sea turtles too, I see Rick! They’re pretty amazing, aren’t they? But to go back to your lesson, I think the key here is that you want to seek out the turbulence, kind of like what Terry suggested earlier in this thread when he said that you should swim against the current. Because it’s in times of challenge that we sometimes make the greatest breakthroughs!

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