Wild Animals and The Workplace – The Confidence To Be Yourself

When we observe nature, we can see the roles that each animal plays as an individual and as a contributor to the whole environment they exist in. Below is a light-hearted but perceptive look at the role of animals in the wild and their correlation to the human workplace.

Although light-hearted, it is designed to encourage you to think about who you are, what type of role you play and to encourage you to embrace those qualities, to be yourself and be confident in who you are. Do you recognise yourself in any of the animals below?

If you’re always trying to be someone else you’ll never be happy, you’ll always feel stressed and won’t value yourself.  You can take on qualities that you might value in others but don’t try and be someone else. If you embrace who you are and believe in yourself, you can become the absolute best version of you and far surpass whatever you think you can achieve or be. Be the best that you can be – incredible, wonderful, unique, your true self.

The Elephant

As elephants walk through the scrub and densely vegetated areas they leave pathways behind them which allow other animals to access food and water supplies otherwise unobtainable to them.  The elephants are the leaders in their fields, forging new paths in unknown or untrodden territory, opening up vast new possibilities and options for those following behind.  They drive forward with strength, determination and power and are not easily perturbed or distracted from their paths.

The Giraffe

With their long legs and necks, the giraffe eats leaves from the tops of bushes and trees leaving the lower leaves for other animals that may not be able to access the upper leaves. The giraffe makes the most of their unique design and uses the positive aspects of their physique by picking succulent leaves or opportunities that other animals are unable to reach or take advantage of. The giraffes do not compete with the other animals for the lower leaves as they can find their own opportunities.  In fact, by eating the leaves at the top of the trees and bushes, it encourages lower branches to sprout and grow thus providing, even more, opportunities for other animals to benefit from. Avoiding the crowded marketplace (the lower leaves), the giraffe makes the most of their adapted physique and seeks out opportunities that will benefit them, not disadvantage others and can actually increase the benefits for others.

The Lion

The leader of the pack, strong, proud, confident, good at delegation.  Takes a step back to oversee things and delegates work tasks to others (the lionesses). The lion cuts a striking figure demanding respect and knows they are the ruler and the boss. Not one to back down easily and has the courage of conviction, mental strength and self-belief, the lion will also happily take the time to relax and indulge themselves knowing they have a loyal, supportive and efficient team.  If challenged they will fight ferociously to protect and keep their team and their business.

The Lioness

A proud, strong, determined, self-confident team player.  Works hard for the ‘boss’ to achieve the company goals and ambitions.  Intelligent, hard working, adaptable they will put 100% effort into the chase of an opportunity but then is willing to switch off and relax enjoying quiet time as they recuperate and conserve energy for the next pursuit.

The Hyena

Hyenas in the wild are often portrayed as villains due to their striking looks (they don’t have the fluffy kitten looks that get us going ‘Ahhhh’) and scavenging nature.  However, the hyena is actually an essential member of the team, their contribution is immense and often behind the scenes. They are the ‘cleaner uppers’.  Rarely acknowledged, rewarded or appreciated they diligently clean up after the others. In the wild, rotting carcases can cause outbreaks of disease and contaminate water sources. In ‘cleaning’ the carcases the hyenas are preserving and protecting their environments and preventing other animals being affected by disease. They are quietly looking after other animals and keeping the environment in a useable state for others. In the workplace, the hyena keeps the environment clean, clear from rubbish, organised, useable and accessible for other team members. They deserve much more recognition than they tend to receive.

The Monkey

Quick, intelligent, problem solvers. They quickly learn to identify solutions and are willing to share that information for the benefit of others.  They can be strong-willed, vocal and determined but also have a sense of fun and play. They are good communicators and strong team members but able to work with initiative and independently when required.

The Ants

Busy hard workers, they never switch off or relax, they are constantly on the go. Ants have incredible physical and mental strength, determination, perseverance, attention to detail and get the job done. Ants are loyal team workers; they get on with the job regardless of whether it’s something they enjoy or not.  They have a ‘can do’ attitude and know the importance of everyone pulling together to achieve the impossible.

The Leopard

Self-employed, self-contained and self-sufficient. Relies on no one else, a solitary individual who uses their own skills, qualities, grit and determination to get what they want. They are a serious character focused and driven. They enjoy their independence and are often successful in achieving their goals overall.

The Bird of Prey

Uses their skills and abilities (birds of prey can fly) to oversee the whole picture first enabling them to easily identify opportunities and then close in on the detail.  The bird of prey is willing to make use of the work of others for their own benefit or create opportunities of their own.  They are courageous and will stand their ground in pursuit of achieving or retaining goals or opportunities.  However, they also recognise, when challenged, if it is time to step aside and wait patiently or to go and find a new opportunity.

The Gazelle

As a prey animal, the gazelle is flighty, nervous and wary of approaching danger.  Never one to relax fully and understanding vulnerability, their concentration can be fragmented as they constantly look out for issues that will affect others so they can send out a warning or give advice to others.  Often gentle, kind and compassionate they know there is safety in numbers but will sometimes step out on their own.  They may need reassurance from others and often lack self-confidence.  With their senses always on alert, they can be easily hurt by words or actions of others. They often have much more inner strength than they know and have many beautiful and well-intentioned qualities.

Enjoy choosing what animal you are and those around you!

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