Hey lemmings are not the only wildlife in the forest. Recently, we had a LION as a leader. Whenever he wanted something done he’d ROAR his orders. If you didn’t follow he’d bare his teeth and fear you into compliance. After all … he was a lion … and I was a snack if I did not follow.
He’d ROAR his orders … the animals would scurry and paid heed to the great king. He and his fellow lions would keep close tabs on the animals to make sure it they crept out of line of where they were supposed to be in the forest they’d be forced back into place. He would devour all dissenters. He would only share food with himself or his closest followers. But he struggled to lead. He secretly feared losing his power over others. He’d strike fear into animals by roaring. When he roared, the animals listened … at least at first. The more he roared, the quieter the forest got. As his reign over the jungle continued he saw fewer animals of any kind … including his own lions that would approach him. Most of the wise animals left the king’s forest … other’s that stayed were banished or muzzled since there was no room for any that challenged his authority. After all, he was the “King of the Jungle” and that demands respect no matter what.
One day his pride got in the King’s way. All their food was disappearing. The forest was becoming empty and unable to support the pride. The King of the Jungle was banished by his pride from the forest to a place that best suited his own pride’s needs. In his place, a lioness known more for her gentle growling than roaring was made “Queen of the Jungle”. Many animals feared the new Queen because of the old King but the Lioness did not see herself as the “Queen” of the forest. Instead …
- She listened without devouring those who spoke to her
- While she slept she let others lead in her behalf
- She’d shared food with others; it was all about keeping the forest healthy
- She’d protected all the animals, including the ostriches, from rumours and fears of things that threatened the forest
- All decisions were announced on the open grasslands for all the animals to hear
- She inspired other animals to lead whenever they could to share in the responsibility of leading. Many of the best leading ideas were other animals under her reign.
When her reign ended, there was a sadness that crept into the forest but it was short lived. The grand lioness had left a lasting impression on those left in the forest on how to live in harmony and happiness and especially on how to lead a forest effectively.
Recently, there have been ugly rumours from The Land of the Elephants of a new up and coming leader called “Elephant Trumpus” … but that’s a story I hope I won’t have to tell.
I’m the Heretic Lemming.
Lead with thought … think before you jump!