Banyan trees are among the world’s largest and longest-living trees. It is so distinctive it has been symbolised with magnificence, influence and opportunity — attributes typically associated with strong, stable leadership. However, it is flawed, much like the current situation we all find ourselves in this sort of suspended animation. It can be too domineering like in business and when a leader's influence grows expecting others around them to always fall into line with their set of beliefs and to be constantly validated. This type of growth masks a lack of innovation and diversity leading to businesses losing their way.
"In stark contrast, could the small frail dandelion - the annoying pest of suburban gardens, offer a better metaphor for modern day leadership?”
The resilient, flexible, nurturing dandelion
Know as the beneficial weed and with its many positive characteristics, the dandelion helps plants around it by sending taproots deep into the ground to pull nutrients up to the surface, improving the quality of the soil and feeding shallow-rooted plants nearby. Dandelions also attract insects that enable pollination, like bees, which help other flowering plants. Plants that might not otherwise have a chance to survive and get a shot at life because of the nutrients and insects that dandelions send their way. Yes, dandelions are prolific, yet the life cycle is fleeting making way for other plants but leaving the environment a better place. I love the dandelion principle and how it can be applied to business more than ever in the present day - having a more flexible, agile and resilient mindset by constantly challenging the status quo. Finding ways to grow with minimal resources, preserving the authenticity and a good moral compass in hand. To flourish, you cannot just focus on your own empire, you must allow others to take root and thrive alongside.
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