A lion when roar, can be heard from 5 miles or 8 km distance away from the animal. Why the ‘roar’ of the lion is so loud, audible and piercing? When the vocalization of this majestic animal is so loud to a distance of 5 miles, won’t it alert the wide variety of the prey animals like deer, zebra, buffaloes, giraffe etc. When the prey animals are alerted well in advance, naturally the hunt success is expected to be poor for even to a big pride of lions.
Lions roar because and for the purpose of establishing, re-iterating and proving their territory and dominance. To prove the power and position become equally important even to animals in the jungle. Only when the lion roar, it can warn the invading lions to its territory and can protect the same and its clan.
Catching or hunting and eating the prey alone is not the sole purpose, the lions see in their life. What would go to the advantage of the prey animals is not the concern lions really bother about when they roar, but what advantage it essentially offers to its pride is only seen.
Another important management message to be learned from a roaring lion is that, a timely warning to the intruder is inevitable to avoid a costly fight or war or combat. Who would win at the end, these powerful animals are not really interested in knowing but how to avoid the same through prior warning and display of aggression is the management approach lions follow through ‘roaring’.
The corporate leaders must learn the fact that warning the employees’ well in advance only will make them accountable, responsible and orient them to complete the task in time. Sending timely warning should not be seen as negative approach as it might be interpreted to be affecting the autonomy, freedom and independence of the employees. If the lion had ever felt its disadvantages in hunting the prey as its roar may alert prey, its roaring that can be heard from 5 miles away, they cannot warn the intruders to their territory. The end result would be an ‘imminent’ fight; a fight proves no good either to the resident/territorial or the intruding lion. A combat even if winnable will cause losses and hence should be avoided is the management wisdom lions teach the corporate.
Serving a timely warning to the employees will make every employee perform the best, accomplish the task, meeting the timelines and become successful. Sometime the serving warning might affect the inter-personal relationship between the boss and subordinates.
The corporate bosses must always remember that they have fundamental responsibility to protect the ‘total’ and ‘complete’ interest of the corporate. The likely losses they might suffer at the individual level should not prevail in the display of their leadership.
A roaring lion does so only to protect its territory and clan. It only sees the collective and total ‘advantage’ of such an act and not how it might favour the prey animals and affect its hunting success.
Dr S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai
Learn more from the following management books
- Jungle wisdom for corporate management books – lessons from the university of nature by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan
- Nature – The Entrepreneur by Dr S Ranganathan