This past week our teams at Four Pillars took some time to look over different leadership theories before our upcoming Chicago conference. While they each come up with some excellent ways to view leadership and management, one involving a wolfpack stood out the most. This theory stems from the order in which wolves in a pack travel.
At the front of the line are the elderly and sickly wolves. As they are considered to be elders in the pack, they set the pace for those behind them in order that they are not left behind. The next group of wolves are the strongest. Their task is to protect those in front of them in case of an attack from a predator. Behind the strongest are the healthy members of the pack, including females and children. Following the wolves are more of the strongest in the pack. Like the first group, they are tasked with protecting those in front of them in case of an attack. The last one is the leader of the pack. He ensures that no one is left behind and he keeps them unified and on the right path. The leader is always ready to run in any direction to protect those in front him, acting as the bodyguard for the entire pack.
In our own office, those in front are our new team members who are still learning and need assistance from their trainer. Supporting them is a group of trainers who continuously teach and develop these other members. Behind the new employees and senior trainers, are team members who have been with the company for some time but are still looking to learn each day. They are also supported by a group of trainers. Finally, our director provides assistance to each of team members, and is always willing to step into any role.
Since discussing this leadership theory, our office is striving for everyone to be their own “wolf pack” and be an effective leader that doesn’t travel in front, but rather is a support to everyone traveling through their time with us. We encourage you to follow this same leadership style along with us.