As leaders strive to progress, they can learn a valuable lesson from one of Australia’s most iconic
animals: the kangaroo. The kangaroo is known for its unique way of moving, which involves hopping
forward and pivoting on its powerful hind legs to change direction. Moving backwards is not an option
unless they turn completely around. Therefore, their movements are efficient and they keep moving
Just like the kangaroo, leaders must keep moving forward to make progress. This means they must avoid
getting stuck in the past or dwell on past mistakes. Instead, leaders must focus on what they can do
today to move closer to their goals. Leaders (and in turn organizations) can build on their successes by
continuing to grow and keeping their forward momentum.
Kangaroos are also experts at adapting to change. Their unique way of moving requires them to be agile
and adaptable and they must be able to change direction quickly and efficiently. Similarly, leaders must
also be willing to adapt to changing circumstances, be flexible, and pivot their strategies and plans when
necessary. By embracing change and adaptability, leaders stay ahead of the curve and remain
Resilience is another trait that kangaroos teach us. They are known for their strength and resilience, and
ability to endure harsh conditions and adapt to new environments. Similarly, leaders must be resilient
when facing challenges. They need to quickly bounce back from failures and setbacks, learn from their
mistakes and use them as opportunities for growth.
Kangaroos also known the importance of looking ahead. They constantly scan their environment for
potential threats and opportunities and are ready to move quickly and decisively when necessary.
Similarly, leaders must always look ahead, anticipate future trends, and stay ahead of the competition.
This means being proactive and taking decisive action to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate
Good leadership is learning to develop a kangaroo mindset—a growth mindset. By emulating the
kangaroo’s forward movements such as adaptability, resilience, and future focus, leaders can avoid
getting stuck in the past, embrace failure as a natural part of learning, make calculated risks, and
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