Wisdom of Wolves Leadership

Wisdom of Wolves  Leadership Lessons from Nature

It's a society where teamwork, loyalty and communication are the norm rather than the exception. Sound like utopia? Actually, it's already present in nature – in a wolf pack. The wolf pack knows who it is. Those in the pack exist for one another.

Douglas Raine, Master of Foxhounds and Huntsman for the Vineyard Hounds, has spent decades chasing coyotes and wolves and observing their habits, characteristics, behavior and ability to survive. Our hunt log describes a variety of observations made while chasing coyotes and wolves. Both canines are loyal to their mate and pack. Their DNA enables them to hunt by scent, and work as a pack to catch and find food. Since they hunt by scent, they know how to cover-up their scent while being chased.

Today, I would like to introduce some thoughts from Twyman Towery’s book “Wisdom of Wolves.” Who knew that the key to success might just be patterning your attitude after that of a wolf?


The attitude of the wolf can be summed up simply: it is a constant visualization of success. The collective wisdom of wolves has been progressively programmed into their genetic makeup throughout the centuries. Wolves have mastered the technique of focusing their energies toward the activities that will lead to the accomplishment of their goals.

Wolves do not aimlessly run around their intended victims, yipping and yapping. They have a strategic plan and execute it through constant communication. When the moment of truth arrives, each understands his role and understands exactly what the pack expects of him.

 The wolf does not depend on luck. The cohesion, teamwork and training of the pack determines whether the pack lives or dies.

There is a silly maxim in some organizations that everyone, to be a valuable member, must aspire to be the leader. This is personified by the misguided CEO who says he only hires people who say they want to take his job. Evidently, this is supposed to ensure that the person has ambition, courage, spunk, honesty, and drive – whatever. In reality, it is simply a contrived situation, with the interviewee jumping through the boss's hoops. It sends warnings of competition and one-upmanship throughout the organization rather than signals of cooperation, teamwork and loyalty.

Everyone does not strive to be the leader in the wolf pack. Some are consummate hunters or caregivers or jokesters, but each seems to gravitate to the role he does best. This is not to say there are not challenges to authority, position and status – there are. But each wolf's role begins emerging from playtime as a pup and refines itself through the rest of its years. The wolf's attitude is always based upon the question, "What is best for the pack?" This is in marked contrast to us humans, who will often sabotage our organizations, families or businesses, if we do not get what we want.

Wolves are seldom truly threatened by other animals. By constantly engaging their senses and skills, they are practically unassailable. They are masters of planning for the moment of opportunity to present itself, and when it does, they are ready to act.

 Because of training, preparation, planning, communication and a preference for action, the wolf's expectation is always to be victorious. While in actuality this is true only 10 percent of the time or less, the wolf's attitude is always that success will come – and it does.

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God Bless, Douglas Raine – FGBMFA National Director Outreach and Training