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How to become King or Queen….Horses Head Not Necessary.


As children, we often associate the king of the jungle to that amazing creature with the beautiful mane, the lion. Think Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and Simba from The lion King. As adults, and away from the land of fairy tales, we sometimes relate the king of the jungle to the likes of fictional characters such as  Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street, Don Vito Corleone in the Godfather and Robert de Niro playing a very convincing Ace Rothstein in Casino. These are all powerful characters, often cut throat by nature who oversee the smooth running of their businesses with a rod of steel.

Unlike the Don Corleones of this world, a successful leader shouldn’t have to place a horses head in the bed to get people to do what you want them to. A good leader manages their organization by implementing a number of traits including honesty, good communication, common sense and engaging with your team. By return you’ll gain the loyalty, respect and motivation of your staff and you can’t put a price on that.

Thankfully, the title of King or Queen of the Jungle, isn’t dependent on being immensely greedy or feeling the need to bury people in the desert 15 minutes outside of Vegas. Taking a light hearted view, this has just been proven by the crowning of Stacey Solomon in ITV’s jungle reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’. 12.39 million tuned in to watch the lovable Stacey win her jungle crown, and the way she achieved that title was from being anything but cut throat.

So let’s head down into the 100 Acre Wood one more time. We’ve ascertained from previous blogs, that the different characters within the wood incorporate the knowledge of Owl, the enthusiasm of Tigger, the approachability of Winnie the Pooh, the meticulous planning of Eeyore and the bravery of Piglet. Here we find in this little area of forest, overseeing this wonderful group of characters, is its very own king of the jungle in the form of Christopher Robin.  This little boy in the 100 Acre Wood encompasses the best traits of all of his companions and importantly adds a vital factor: knowledge and perspective of how things work. 

In any business, the traits that these characters possess would provide the foundations of a well run company, with Christopher Robin as the CEO. In the Australian jungle, he’d almost certainly give the girl from Dagenham a run for her money.

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