30 Apr Leadership lessons from Bees (Part 2)
This is Part Two of a two-part blog. You can read Part One of the blog by clicking here.
As we said in Part One, bees are fascinating insects. We can learn many leadership skills from them. Too often we take nature for granted and fail to study it and learn from it. There are many fascinating facts about bees. In the previous blog we highlighted five leadership lessons we can learn form bees. Below are the final five leadership lessons.
Sixth leadership lesson from bees
The messages passed on by leaders should be simple and easy to understand – well that is the starting point. Fast, efficient communication that is crystal clear is not only motivating and constructive but ensures the hive is focused. The more people (bees) on board the change initiative, the easier it will be to implement. Change, innovation and engagement are team sports.
Seventh leadership lesson from bees
All decisions should not depend on one person (or bee). Allow autonomy throughout the hive. People thrive on autonomy – it is our default.
Eighth leadership lesson from bees
Run the hive as if it is your own business. Never lie. Never feel pressured to lie. If you do not lie, then you will not have to remember. Trust is a critical leadership competency. It is what builds great teams and great businesses.
Ninth leadership lesson from bees
Instilling fear in the hive is a poor leadership tactic. Fear stifles change, innovation and creativity. Fear should be overcome with support and learning and trust. This is what good leaders do. They mentor, they engage.
Tenth leadership lesson from bees
Bees never attack each other – only outsiders who enter their hive and pose a threat. They are careful about how many resources to throw at the attack. We can learn a lot from bees – perhaps it is because they do not have a coffee machine which is often the source of breeding discontent. Rumours start when the communication is “foggy” or unclear. Do not allow rumours to start – they destroy change efforts fast. They destroy innovation. They build silos. They disengage teams. Rumours must be eradicated as much as possible to ensure a healthy and focused hive.
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