Leaders Who Hunt as a Pack – part 2

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The Four Dynamics of Hunting as a Pack

We discussed in Part 1 how the cult of the individual leadership produces leaders who, while competent, are unable to achieve the highest levels of achievement your business requires.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to create leaders who hunt as a pack. If you want to create leaders who are focussed, persistent and display brilliant team work, read on.

Each wolf might be formidable on their own, but the real secret to the pack’s success lies in how they work together.

A solitary lone wolf prowls through snow with its head hung low watching its potential prey.

Factor 1 – Scenting the Quarry

The first part of hunting as a pack is scenting the quarry. What does this mean for your business?

It means leaders need a common goal to get behind. All your leaders need to have the same aim in mind, the way a wolf pack tracks the scent of prey.

You cannot expect your leaders to work together with maximum efficiency if they do not have a common goal in mind, the same way you cannot expect a wolf pack to hunt together when not all of them are trailing the same thing.

You need the coordination and purpose that a common goal gives your team. Without it, your pack is directionless.

Factor 2 – Learning on the Run 

In the wild, young wolves learn to hunt by watching more experienced wolves hunt, and eventually participating in the hunt themselves. It would be absurd if the wolf was expected to learn by going off on its own to chase artificial deer. Why should it be different for your leaders?

Effective leaders have to be developed within the context of your business, integrating their development with real-world business situations. Leaders have to learn on the run.

wolf-3Factor 3 – Teaching Others to Hunt

More experienced adult wolves usually teach less experienced pups to hunt. It makes sense, and is an effective way of improving the effectiveness of the entire pack.

To get the most out of their learning, your leaders should follow suit. Not only is teaching is a good way to understand what’s been learned, but knowledge is passed on in a way that is suited to your unique business needs.

Those being taught learn exactly how their pack hunts, and that makes them more effective hunters.

Factor 4 – Forming as a Pack

When leaders work and learn together, it is inevitable that strong bonds of loyalty and cooperation will be formed. Effective teamwork can’t be achieved if each member is vying for first place.

If the pack forms together, they will be better placed to hunt together. They will intuitively know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, who’s in charge and how they work best.

If your leaders are developed with these four factors in mind, they will be able to hunt as a pack. When they can do that, very little will be able to stand up to them.


John Sutherland is the managing director of Strategic Resource, one of the UK’s top management due diligence and bespoke leadership development firms.

You can read his full article “Leaders Who Hunt as a Pack’.

If you want your leaders to hunt as a pack, why not get in touch and find out how Strategic Resource can help you?


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