Lessons from animals: Asiatic Lions

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Lessons to be drawn from Asiatic Lions:

1. Asiatic lions usually form strong coalitions to protect shared territories and drive off rivals and predators

“This can usually be observed in business where , through business partnerships, business partners share the risk, thereby reducing all the relevant parties’ risk factors,  and increase their survival chances in the world of globalisation and competition.”

2. Exhibiting Patience

“When a lion is outnumbered, he often chooses to wait rather than attack head-on. This is especially so when age is in his favour. He can afford to wait.

Similarly, in business as in life, patience is often the more determining factor than speed. While the former leaves room for one to strategise and modify one’s plan, the latter – when employed callously – may often prove to be fatal to one’s businesses or plans. “

3. Kills are distributed in a hierarchical structure

“While in current time, hierarchical organsational structures are getting flatter, one cannot deny the importance of an orderly hierarchical structure. The CEO is the CEO, and should not be superseded by anyone in leading the organisation, as long as he or she is holding the reins.

This ensures the orderliness of any structures (organisational, academic, family etc) and holds the unit together for more effective functioning.”

4. Stretching readies lions for dangerous situations

“While the act of stretching may not be limited to lions alone, stretching has been a regular routine among even humans (as exemplified by the various poses of yoga). Any species in the cat family are more attuned to stretching, and such practice prepares anyone who is engaged in such a habit to have an agility of speed and the flexibility of movement – which are, in turn, determining factors for survival.

Similarly, organisations should always provide their employees with realistic and attainable challenges for them to learn and improve further. This readies the organisations for long-term sustainability.”

5. Lions usually do not share kills

“Sharing has a benefit of establishing and maintaining mutual goodwill among the relevant parties but it also inculcates a sense of dependency on others. In the wild, being alert is mandatory to survival, and sharing kills makes one complacent. The Asiatic lions understand this philosophy and choose to follow it, thereby inculcating a sense of independence among their cubs from young.

Partnership has to be established for survival but dependency has to be avoided at all cost. “

6. Unperturbed by human establishments in their habitats

“The Asiatic lions are highly adaptable creatures who adjust  well to the intrusion of human civilizations. Such adaptability is highly admirable as it’s adaptability that enables humans and animals alike to survive through the years. “


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