6 Awesome Leadership Skills I Learned from my Cat

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My cat, Kipsy, has my respect. In fact, most cats have my respect. We can learn a lot from the feline world to help us become better leaders. Here are some of the leadership skills I learned from my cat:

1.Clear boundaries

There are certain times I can interact with my cat and times when I can’t. These moments are completely determined by her.  If she is receptive to cuddles or petting, she purrs and rubs her face against my ankles to signify it is okay to touch her.  If it is not a good time, she will nip or bat at me to say this is “her” time.  In the “people” world,  we need to do the same.  By letting others know what our boundaries are, we can learn how to best work with each other.  This will ensure we don’t end up pushing each other too far past those boundaries.

2. Self-sufficient

I need not worry about my cat most of the time.  She lives by her own clock and routine.  I make sure she has fresh food, water and a clean litter box and she fills in the blanks.  I’m not taxed with taking her for a walk and she doesn’t tear the house apart while I’m away.  She initiates her own tasks based on her needs.  Showing that kind of initiative is valued in a work environment as well. Understanding your job description and using the tools that you are given, allows you to go about your day initiating and completely tasks.  Don’t rely on your supervisor or co-workers to tell you what to do next. Be self-sufficient.

3.Well-groomed

Cats, in general, are good groomers.  If I pet my cat, she will immediately plop herself down and clean the spot where I touched her.  She takes pride in her appearance. This is a good example for us to follow too.  Trimming, clipping, showering and ironing are important habits that should be part of your daily routine.  Your appearance not only says something about you as an individual, but about the company you are employed with too.

4. Gets attention

Kipsy knows being in the right place at the right time is important for getting what she wants.   That usually means lying across my keyboard or sitting on the paperwork I am trying to finish.  Using her voice also indicates that I need to take heed of what she is trying to say.  These same skills are essential for leadership.  Knowing how to get people to pay attention helps in delegating, brainstorming and obtaining feedback.

5. Lands on her feet

I am being literal here, of course.  If my cat falls or is dropped (accidentally of course :)), no matter what position, she always lands on her feet.  Figuratively, leaders strive to land on their feet as well.  When faced with adversity, leaders need to be quick to troubleshoot the best way to come out of a crisis so they too, “land on their feet”and can stand strong.

6. Tries new things and explores

Kipsy roams around to find new things to play with or places to explore.  She isn’t afraid to stick her head into a dark box or sniff at a new object.  She is tentative and uses calculated caution to broach something she’s never encountered before. Nonetheless, she simply must check it out.  Risk-taking is a beneficial trait of an effective leader. Exploring a new concept or product, can blaze a trail of innovation and create new possibilities.  Kipsy found some great lounging spots because of her desire to explore.

Are there other cat traits that you can think of that lend themselves to a leader’s resume?  Or perhaps there is another animal out there that also demonstrates abilities that we could learn from?

 

Originally posted in: https://leagueofleadersblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/6-awesome-leadership-skills-i-learned-from-my-cat/

Vicki Noels-Cornish

An effervescent personality with a passion for courtesy,manners and civility. Leadership Consultant specializing in image, leadership and career development

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