Exceptional E-leaders will take their teams, their organisations and the entire world through this level to the next and beyond. Anyone can become an e-leader, but not everyone can become an exceptional one. The club of Exceptional E-Leaders aka EELs is an exclusive one with an open invite. The countless projections that shape and are the drivers behind today’s critical business decisions leave ordinary leaders with only one of two options …..join the exclusive club of EELs or get swept under the carpet!
In real life, electric eels can teach us a thing or two about e-leadership. Eels use electricity at a more advanced level than any other aquatic or land animal making them a force to reckon with. An eel can generate bioelectricity of up to 860 volts (the equivalent of 1 ampere of current). This bioelectricity is used to its advantage keeping predators at bay and stunning prey. This record remains unmatched. Demystify the on-line universe and cruise among the stars.
Having poor eyesight, eels can discharge a lower level of electricity of less than 10 volts that they use like radar to help them navigate the often-murky waters they habituate and to also locate their prey. Lesson: Establish how you can use your online skills and knowledge to get the best out of your environment and to get ahead of the competition. Do not let any inhibitions or negative self-talk hold you back. Break free and soar.
Eels are air breathers and because they live in low oxygen habitats they must come to the surface to breathe every 10 – 15 minutes. Because of this capability eels are able to feed on fish and other land animals like rats.
Lesson: Strive to become more adaptable and flexible. It will pay off. Learn and gain more skills required to successfully man oeuvre the online universe.
With the ability to reach over 8 feet in length and to weigh over 44 pounds eels have an imposing presence. Standing side by side, a fully grown eel is taller than an adult man.
Lesson: Strive to develop a strong presence that is felt even when you are not physically present. Your online presence should be able to attract the same amount of respect as when you are away from your team.
Eels have inspired innovation such as was the case with the design of the first battery in 1799. Continued study of eels has contributed to improvements in technology and even how to treat some diseases requiring medical implants.
Lesson: Learn to inspire those around you by how you express and conduct yourself. Seek to become a good role model but most importantly allow your team to experiment and innovate. The type of leadership a team has can to a great extent be told by the extent to which they are allowed to experiment and innovate.
Electric eels are capable of controlling the movement of their prey. Eels do this through the use of electric impulses which can aid the location of the prey or used to stop the prey from moving altogether. Lesson: By being able to determine this, eels teach e-leaders the importance of choosing the best and most cost-effective strategy so as to attain the desired or highest level of impact.
The amount of bioelectricity that can be discharged from an eel can be felt for some considerable distance from it.
Lesson: An e-leader’s impact creates a ripple effect and is far-reaching.
When agitated eels have been known to produce sustained intermittent electric impulses over the period of an hour without tiring.
Lesson: Develop stamina. Do not give up too soon. Do whatever to takes to win, but remain professional, ethical and of course within the law.
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