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Protect your weak - Protect your pack - Be ready to Serve ...

A group of wolves:

The 3 in front are old & sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind.

The next 5 are the strongest & best, they are tasked to protect the front side if there is an attack.

The pack in the middle are always protected from any attack.

The 5 behind them are also among the strongest & best; they are tasked to protect the back side if there is an attack.

The last one is the LEADER. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same path. He is always ready to run in any direction to protect & serves as the 'bodyguard' to the entire group.
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One of the characteristics of a Servant Leader

I like this one.
We have a saying: The leader of the group is indeed their servant. He makes sure the team is will organized and and watch performance and make appropriate corrections.
I wrote about some characters of leader.

I read about this picture when it was viral, years seems that the photo was “real” in the sense that it shows a pack of wolves in Wood Buffalo National Park, but not the history...

I have been using this picture in my HR Management sessions to debate about the role of a Project Manager in team building. The example amplifies the need for the PM to know the strengths & weaknesses of the team members and assign them the roles & responsibilities for the interest of the project success. This picture also guides in continuous risk management wrt external threats and internal resources

I have read this recently in WhatsApp & Facebook messages. Interesting. Moral is "Everyone is important in team and have a role to play"

There are different types of leadership. Those wolves setting the pace at the front? They are literally leading, because they're setting the path that others follow. That wolf in the back? She's a leader or a manager, because she's keeping the pack together and organized. Somewhere inside that pack may be another leader, the Alpha dog influencing the pack in ways that a casual observer doesn't even notice.

Hi Wade, I agree. There can be several leaders on a team. Good leaders can lead their part of the project, they also understand the importance and challenge that a leader faces. So they help to support the servant leader keeping them all on task.

Protect the weak? I have always thought that the reason to go as last Wolf is to be able to eat (or fire/replace) the weak ones that fall back or quickly escape tricky situations.. If you are busy running in the front you don't see what is happening behind and you are the one that takes the hardest punch.

However, even though the number is increasing we don’t have so many wolves in Stockholm so I’m not so familiar with them. But what I heard is that they have a very rich body language as well as yelling. As second or third wolf you should not yell in the exact same way as the boss, you should be close but a bit different give the impression that the group/team is much bigger than it is. Perhaps that works for humans too?

A true leader always ensures that no team mate is left behind.

Leaders know that everyone is a leader. Your job is to reveal those leadership qualities.
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Sep 10, 2017 8:45 PM
Dominic Fernandez
TEAM ... absolutely!!!
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