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Leadership Lessons from a Lion.


Being attacked by an angry lion may be one of the most traumatic events one could experience. In April of 1999, this is exactly what happened to acclaimed Safari guide Richard Field, while he was leading clients through the wilds of northern Botswana.

The quick thinking of Richard's clients miraculously saved his life, but he was left deeply wounded with physical and emotional scarring. At the time of the attack, it was difficult for Richard to conceive that anything positive could come from the experience. As it turns out, this traumatic event was a gift that came in the form of Leadership Lessons from a Lion.

In the months following the attack, Richard experienced a range of emotions including anger about the attack, guilt over his families pain, and grief for a lost future. With so many dark emotions to wade through it is no surprise that blaming an angry lion seemed like an easier path to take.

A chance meeting a few months later was a catalyst for Richard to shift his mindset; rather than considering himself a victim of circumstance, he began to take full responsibility for the choices he made on that fated day. This process enabled him to reflect on his experience, during which he thought he was going to die. He realised that in coming close to death, he was able to understand the true nature of purpose.

Today, Richard is living out that purpose by continuing to fulfil his passion as a Safari guide, a career he once thought was over. As an in-demand speaker, he empowers audiences with the leadership tools that enabled him to transform his life from victim to victor, not of the lion but of life itself.

Talking Points

Leadership Lessons Learnt From a Lion

Every day we make decisions. Some of those decisions are successful, while others we may consider a mistake. It is not the decisions themselves that enable us to learn, but our relationship with the outcome that counts.

Leadership Lessons from a Lion is a fascinating presentation that explores our relationship to personal responsibility. It questions what drives a person to blame external influences for a situation such as a lion attack or, alternatively, take responsibility for the outcome.

Audiences will leave with a core understanding of the tools Richard used to awaken his sense of personal responsibility, and in turn activate his full potential as an inspirational leader to those around him. They will also gain insight into the challenges and roadblocks that can shut down our ability to live a fulfilling and on purpose life.

Key outcomes:
• Learn about the 5 Keys to unlocking personal responsibility.
• Uncover the gaps that inhibit self-empowerment.
• Understand the power of purpose.
• Gain insights into self-leadership techniques, and how to inspire your teams to do the same.

The Gap

Imagine realising you only have minutes left to live. The clock is ticking and your life is slipping away. Would you be proud of the life that you have created, or would you feel burdened by grief and regret? Welcome to The Gap: the bridge between a life lived, and an imminent death.

In this session, Richard shares a riveting story about the moment an angry lioness bit down on his neck in the wilds of northern Botswana. Through this near death experience, Richard was able to put a microscope on his life and gain clarity regarding his career, relationships, and the nature of living a life with meaning.

Audiences will leave this session with a ‘simulated’ experience of The Gap, during which they will be able to gain clarity of purpose, in order to make the decisions required to step into their greatest self. They will gain insights into the nature of purpose, and look at strategies to create a future, which they will one day reflect on, without regret.

Key Outcomes:
• Gain clarity of purpose, and harness personal responsibility.
• Gain insight into the roadblocks that inhibit your greatest life.
• Enhance your relationships, by identifying what really matters.
• Feel empowered to make choices that support your purpose.

Guiding Lights

With over 15 years experience guiding safaris, Richard Field has gained invaluable insights into what it takes to lead and inspire life-changing experiences, in one of the world's wildest environments: the Plains of Africa.

In this session, Richard explores leadership tools that have become his ‘guiding lights’ while on Safari. Whether you are a safari guide or the CEO of a bank, core leadership values remain the same. A successful leader must find a balance between professionalism and integrity, be consciously aware of their intention and energy, and keep people away from harm, all while leading passionately from the heart.

Audiences will leave this session with practical tools to build leadership capacity. Using inspiring stories, Richard will teach participants the skills required to get the very best out their teams.

Key Outcomes:
• Understand the power of conscious leadership
• Balance authenticity with professionalism
• Understand that your energy is a choice
• Gain insights into leading with intention
A sincere thank you for sharing this amazing story with our sales and property management team. It is unique to share a true and very personal story that inspires us to look at ourselves and take responsibility for our own destiny. Raine and Horne

Richard has a compelling story. His authenticity shines through and he successfully weaves some powerful insights into a dynamic and highly engaging presentation.

Peak Teams

We were enthralled with your descriptions of Africa, and felt that we were on the journey with you. The twist that your story takes, and how this impacts on all of us, the decisions we make, consequences - and facing up to these - is a message that is applicable on both a personal and professional level.

Platinum Event Solutions

Richard kept our staff focused and enthralled for the whole presentation. It aligned perfectly with the goals of our workshop and reinforced the importance of personal responsibility, growth and change. Our staff were inspired and motivated by the presentation and I know it will stay with everyone for a long time.

eftpos Australia
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