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  • Writer's pictureMark Slatin

Lessons in Leadership from Wolves

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, Florida.  It’s one of only five preserves that provide a safe environment for wolves in the US where wolves and humans can interact.

This rare and immersive experience allows guests to come face to face with the Seacrest Wolf "Ambassadors" (rescue wolves) as they learn important scientific information about this amazing keystone species.

Initially, I was admittedly nervous, but as I spent time with the Seacrest Wolf Ambassadors, I found myself at ease, marveling at their grace and intelligence.One guest asked, “Is it true that the strongest wolf is always the alpha wolf?”

“That’s one of the most common myths about wolves,” the staff leader responded.“The alpha wolf is the wolf the others TRUST the most and the one they respect the most.  The alpha isn't necessarily the biggest or strongest, but the one trusted and respected most by the pack. It's a leader who prioritizes the pack's well-being over personal gain."

I think there’s a leadership lesson in there somewhere.

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