A Leader?

I am attending Elena Aguilar’s 3-day Conference in Pasadena, California. Today, we were asked, “Who do I want to be as a leader? What kind of animal do I want to be?”

I am still searching for my description of a leader. However, I could answer the question about what kind of animal I want to be.

I want to be a wolf.

The pack’s strength is in the contribution of all its members. Everyone has a vital role in the success of the pack. When one leaves, there is an empty space in the pack. A void that will live on. One doesn’t contribute any more or less. The contribution is as unique and creative as the individual. And everyone benefits. One’s core value is family. We benefit. Another core value is humor. We benefit. And my core value is compassion. We benefit. The strength in the pack is at it’s peak when all members are vested in the significance of the tribe.

Brene Brown defines a leader; anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes (Brene Brown, 2018)

My gaps will have me chasing the steps and actions to become the leader I’m still trying to define. Yet, to some I am a leader. The role changes when we are in the pack.


What kind of animal do you want to be?

Published by Joan MS Durrin

a Wife and Dog Lover; an Educator, Writer, and a Reader; an Outdoor Enthusiast, a Learner.

3 thoughts on “A Leader?

  1. I have heard the question “What kind of animal would you like to be?” but I have never considered this from the leadership perspective. I need some time to think. Your choice is great. I just finished a book “The Wisdom of Wolves” by Elli H. Radinger. Wolves have so much to teach people.

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  2. I saw Elena Aguilar at the Teaching Learning Coaching conference this past October and she was amazing. What a treat to be at a three day conference with her. Choosing the wolf as your animal tells me that you are very collaborative and team-focused. I will have to think about what animal I want to be…!

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