Photo credit: Neal Cooper (CNP Safaris)
Have you become so successful in your organization that there is just no time to invest in the development of your future leaders? Are you so successful in making "buffalo kills" that development in your pride is not even on your business agenda?
Organizations do need to make those “kills” on a daily basis to survive, but ultimately the success of a “pride” will be determined by more than just how successful they hunt today, it will be about how successful they will be able to hunt in the future. An organization’s ability to “Raise up giant killers” will be the only way to ensure sustainability for the future! Despite the priority and the opportunity it creates to raise up their own talent, some organizations do not recognize the importance of developing their own future leaders. They simply see leadership development and mentoring as “fads” that will pass. Some prefer to poach skilled staff to ensure competitiveness. This approach however is not expanding the pool of critical skills, it is dipping into the same pool.
In nature, successful prides do get it right. The lioness models those non-negotiable qualities of good mentorship but also appreciate that she has a dual role as mother and hunter. She strategically times the raising of her cubs and exposes them at the right moment to different activities in the pride. Finally she recognizes the importance to wean and encourages the young adults to hunt for themselves. Ultimately she contributes to the success and the sustainability of the pride.