I am a big fan of Cesar Millan, also known as “The Dog Whisperer” on his hit television show and books. Cesar’s personal story is a true Warrior tale – the classic American story of an immigrant that comes to our country and becomes famous and successful via his own hard work and talent.
I first began to follow Cesar when I was seeking help in training my own dog. And as I learned more about his philosophy, I realized how it paralleled my own beliefs about people and business. Cesar often speaks about the pack leader. He explains that dogs need and crave a pack leader, and to have a satisfying and fulfilling relationship with your dog you need to be in control. Once I understood this I began to see Cesar’s teachings in action. An ill-behaved and wild dog is almost always accompanied by a meek owner that is unwilling to “lead his pack”, thereby allowing the dog to take them both into a relationship they can’t enjoy.
And I see this same scenario often played out in business. Successful companies require a Warrior to set the standards and guide the company. While a good business leader carefully plans and analyzes, and consults the essential people around them, they don’t manage by consensus or let the organization lead them. They take responsibility for the decisions they make – good or bad.
Great dogs have great pack leaders. Great companies do too – Warriors that often do the sometimes difficult job to lead the organization.