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What Elephants Can Teach Us About Being Great Leaders Confident and compassionate, elephants serve as an incredible example for leaders who want to develop and lead better.

By Joanna Swash

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Bear with me. In our search for a definitive list of the attributes we need to lead a business we look at the world for inspiration and the natural, wild one can give us some interesting insights: working together like wolves, adapting like chameleons, the work ethic of ants. You get the idea.

When I posed this question to my peers, the discussion was vibrant (after a little eye-rolling). It sparked endless debates, questions, and opening of minds. It made us think of nothing else. Welcome to the jungle.

Wildlife can show remarkable leadership skills, none more so than the serene elephant. Descended from mammoths, elephants are the largest mammal on the planet but despite their size, they are also considered a symbol of loyalty, wisdom, and unity. Here's what we can learn from this matriarchal society.