Leadership and Dominance

Here we have great untapped potential to learn from nature.

In a herd, the most dominant animal is never the same horse that leads the herd, as is so often the case in the human world.

The reasons for this are obvious. Those who are feared are also the least trusted, as they intimidate others, attack for no apparent reason or display a strong sense of entitlement. Ultimately, this jeopardizes the performance and thus the survival of the herd/team.

Dominance is not a bad thing per se, it just depends on whether we are able to use it in a way that benefits the team as a whole rather than an individual. For example, it is sometimes necessary to use dominance to set boundaries for people who display undesirable behavior, to hold someone accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

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