Organizational Biomimetics is a new business management model that focuses on nature so that organizations tune in their strategies with the wisdom present in the natural order.
This was demonstrated last year by a relevant team of researchers, of which Dr. Edita Olaizola is the first author, in a Article published in the journal Sustainability.
This model inspired by nature is also valid for generating biomimetic leadership, as the same team now reveals in a second article published in the journal Biomimetics.
In this second installment, the authors of this research present a biomimetic leadership model that considers nature as a model, measure and mentor.
They explain that the biomimetic leader must be a person committed to their own personal and professional growth, emotionally involved in the organization for which they work, and willing to accompany it in its development process, in harmony with the environment.
His source of inspiration and learning is nature, and he firmly believes that both the leader and the organization are nature, are part of nature, belong to one of nature’s ecosystems and are responsible for health and well-being of nature, the researchers explain in their article.
The biomimetic leader must have a more complex profile with respect to the traditional concept of the ideal leader, regardless of the leadership model, they add.
Traditional leadership review
After an exhaustive review of the different leadership models experienced so far, the researchers conclude that biomimetic leadership retains the following traits of traditional models: creativity, ethics, flexibility, generosity, honesty, humility, loyalty, commitment, resilience, and vision. holistic.
In addition to these traits found in the literature, the biomimetic leader must have two more traits, the researchers add: a sense of aesthetics and a sense of humor.
The sense of aesthetics is associated with sensory capacities and considers beauty to be a fundamental part of the organization. It integrates the leader in a continuum that unifies reality with the greatest human aspirations.
The sense of humor helps the biomimetic leader in his process of continuous improvement, both personal and organizational, as well as in his relationship with nature, which inspires his entire management.
The authors consider that their proposal for biomimetic leadership integrates all human complexity into the model, not from an anthropocentric point of view, as has been customary, but from a new approach based on the worldview.
This profile of biomimetic leadership was submitted throughout the research to a wide panel of experts with experience in managing work teams and who have demonstrated excellent levels of ethics in the exercise of their profession.
The experts ratified biomimetic leadership as a valid instrument to develop strategic management that coordinates and coherently integrates the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. They also stressed the importance of ethics. as well as the coherence and opportunity to incorporate a sense of aesthetics and humor into leadership.
According to this characterization, biomimetic leaders act from a holistic point of view, with the aim of meeting the needs of all groups involved and integrating all perspectives, the researchers conclude.
Biomimetic Leadership for 21st Century Companies. Edita Olaizola et al. Biomimetics 2021, 6(3), 47. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics6030047
Biomimetic Organisations: A Management Model that Learns from Nature. Edited by Olaizola et al. Sustainability 2020, 12 (6), 2329. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062329 ″
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.