A Short Leadership Lesson from Nature

Fall gives way to winter.

The trees aren’t upset for having lost their leaves.

Sending them off in a blaze of glory.

Winter begins a new journey.

The birds don’t complain about the trip.

Soaring away with a song.


Nature has much to teach us about leadership.

Good days give way to difficulty.

Relationships thrive and break.

Change is the nature of things.

The power of nature is to adapt.

Leadership is the practice of effective adaptation.

Effective adaptation is achieved through awareness, responsiveness, preparedness and assuredness.


Awareness is the practice of noticing.

Focused attention.

Seeing the trends.

Sensing the shift.

Accepting reality.

Responsiveness is the practice of balance.

Channeling energy.

Centered but not attached.

Opening to change.

Poised to act.

Preparedness is the practice of learning.

Observing with curiosity.

Seeking to understand.

Challenging assumptions.

Planning for possibilities.

Assuredness is the practice of composure.

Calm under pressure.

Alert but not agitated.

Grounded in intention.

Confident in ability.


As I watched the last of the red and yellow leaves falling from the trees this morning I thought,

“This is the world in which we live, lead and work.

Ever-changing.

Always evolving.

Why fight it?

Adaptation can be beautiful.”

Nature teaches us that if we are willing to live in harmony with how the world operates and let go of our expectations, judgment, fear and resistance we can learn to thrive and be a source of strength for others.


Originally published at soul2work.com on November 21, 2016.

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