Nature abounds with lessons, and I am always fascinated to discover that many of those lessons offer insights into leadership. I was recently reading about owls, and I was excited to discover yet another leadership lesson.
Did you know that owls don’t hunt by sight or smell, they hunt primarily by sound? And nature has given them a very sophisticated and elegant way of ensuring that they can catch prey to survive and thrive.
The ears of many species of owls are asymmetrical, with one ear slightly higher but directed downwards and the other somewhat lower but facing upward. As a result, sounds that originate from below eye level are heard louder in the left ear, while those that come from above are heard more clearly in the right. The differences in volume and frequency allow to owl to find its prey, even in complete darkness. The owl’s success lies in its ability to pay attention to what is happening both below and above it.
And therein lies the leadership lesson
Which is not unlike what it takes to be successful as a leader. Leaders have to pay attention to what is happening both below and above them. Continue reading