True Leadership & Teamwork – Talk to an Ant

There are so many lessons and parallels in the world of nature from which to draw inspiration. I have recently been inspired by the reflection of ants and how we can learn so much from observing them and understanding how they live.I was walking with a friend one sunny afternoon and we were talking about the qualities of a good leader and sharing our experiences about this, when we were interrupted and brought to a stop by some bull ants crossing the walking path.

They were a team of 3 that I couldn’t ignore, and no accident that they were crossing at this moment given the subject we were talking about. What they showed me as I observed them crossing was nothing short of extraordinary… I was shown in symbolism the qualities of a true leader.

I watched in amazement as these ants displayed a variety of qualities:

  • They supported each other every step of the way
  • Two of the ants were carrying the 3rd ant who was held in the middle, constantly sharing the load and the lead as they crossed the path
  • The ant leading the way was always changing – they were sharing leadership so there was never one leader
  • The equality and teamwork between each ant was very much felt
  • Their movements were swift and performed with care
  • Their purpose felt strong and unwavering

What a joy it was to behold and to witness. All of this in just one minute… an extraordinary and timely experience that left quite an impression on me, so I did some research on ants.

Did you know…?

  • Even though an ant is smaller than your finger nail, it can lift 20 times its own body weight and carry it for long distances back to its colony.
  • Ants live in colonies in large numbers consisting of millions.
  • The queen ant lays approx. 30,000 eggs per day – her role is to produce for the colony.
  • Ant colonies don’t have leaders – yes there is the queen ant, but she doesn’t tell the other ants what to do and yet they are an extremely organised and productive species.
  • Ants use sounds and pheromones to communicate.
  • Every ant knows its role and carries out its task with commitment and without hesitation.
  • The role of an ant may change with age and depending upon the needs of the colony they simply do what is needed and thus do not consider any role as less.

What most impresses me about ants is their ability to work together as a team. What they can achieve is quite extraordinary. They are able to work together harmoniously for the good and unity of the colony because this is their common goal and purpose. Wow – ants are so inspiring!

So it got me to thinking – what if our work and home environments functioned from the same selfless quality of leadership and teamwork that ants do?

This experience on my walk was a gift from nature, reflecting to me the next evolutionary step of true leadership. It was exactly what I needed to see and observe that day given what had been unfolding in my life and the challenges I was experiencing in teamwork.

I knew what I had to do – to stay focused on purpose, to bring everyone with me in my team as equal leaders, and to support a way of working together where everyone was evolving.

This revelation from nature is a wonderful new way for me to look at true leadership and teamwork. I now have the opportunity to integrate this new awareness into my relationships … at home, at work, or wherever I am in the world.

I now have a whole new level of respect for the humble ant and the deepest respect for Serge Benhayon and the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom.

by Marika Cominos, Director Playful Creations

Further Reading:
Working Together – Group Work On Earth: Part 1
A Leader and A Role Model: Learning how to Truly Lead

1,052 thoughts on “True Leadership & Teamwork – Talk to an Ant

  1. Now that’s what I call true teamwork, members of a team united for a sole purpose, no one looking for accolades and no one wanting to be team leader and the squabbles that may arise from this need to be in control of others. Once again, we are clearly shown that nature has all the answers we will ever need when it comes to life as a human being.

    1. “Once again, we are clearly shown that nature has all the answers we will ever need when it comes to life as a human being.” I love the simplicity that we are constantly living in and get reflected. There is nothing complicated about human life and we have all the support that we need. So life is simply a matter of observation, adjustment and adherence.

  2. ‘This revelation from nature is a wonderful new way for me to look at true leadership and teamwork. I now have the opportunity to integrate this new awareness into my relationships … at home, at work, or wherever I am in the world.’ I love how we are shown what we need to see when we are ready for it. And very cool it is when we say yes to these lessons from nature and integrate then into our lives.

  3. Both these points are equally inspiring”Every ant knows its role and carries out its task with commitment and without hesitation.”
    “The role of an ant may change with age and depending upon the needs of the colony they simply do what is needed and thus do not consider any role as less.”

  4. I like this line about strong and unwavering purpose. It reminds me of how we can all work together without drama and without laziness or complacency. How there can be a unity of working together for a singular purpose that is expressed differently with each person, yet all heading towards the same goal.

  5. Seeing these situations such as ants crossing your path at that exact moment in conversation as communication makes life magical. Even if we don’t read the message straight away, stopping to appreciate the fact we are being communicated to is a start.

  6. Giving ourselves the space to simply openly observe life can help us to connect with a deeper understanding of what is truly going on and how our contribution matters to it.

  7. We could do with a big dose of commitment and a brotherhood in society today, because as you’ve shared the magic that’s possible with these two simple tools is quite spectacular, in terms of what we are capable of TOGETHER.

  8. A beautiful reflection from nature and all it offers us as humanity. The Ants are inspiring in their purpose and oneness and imagine our world if we all united and lived like this – Amazing

  9. If we all looked more closely and right the way from school age at the exact workings of nature, wildlife, its symbiosis and order then our entire way of educating, living, working, leading would be reverted back towards to the naturalness of harmony we are in awe of – of nature and equally of ourselves too.

  10. I love this reflection Marika. Nature teaches us so many invaluable lessons if we but stop and notice what is going on around us.

    1. Also, there is so much to appreciate when we truly stop to observe and learn, because nature is incredible and it is here to support us to evolve.

  11. Lifting 20 times its own body weight and carrying it for long distances back to its colony – wow, they must know how the pyramids were built.

  12. Gosh can we imagine if we behaved towards each other more like the ants
    •Every ant knows its role and carries out its task with commitment and without hesitation.
    •The role of an ant may change with age and depending upon the needs of the colony they simply do what is needed and thus do not consider any role as less.
    This would turn our world upside down for the betterment of everyone if we behaved in this way too.

  13. I am currently studying a management and leadership qualification, what you express here Marika about the ant needs to be studied! We can all learn so much from the power and purpose that these little insects can bring.

  14. There is no doubt that our greatest and truest potential and purpose will be realised when we work together, equally leading and supporting each other as a unified body, superseding by far anything that we could ever achieve as an individual alone.

    1. Very true, as we have a lot to learn from each other, from the wisdom that we all have access as to who we are and our purpose of being here together. There is no greater or lesser amongst us and our working together in this capacity and understanding is what will allow our true advancement as a humanity to be realised and lived.

  15. It is amazing to have an understanding about how true teamwork can be, and with that, true leadership. But what I find interesting is how we bring this understanding out in to life, for example, do we use it as an excuse to judge people who do not have this same experience of understanding? Or do we live as true role-models, without perfection and with the deepest humbleness, for how life can be when we are all in brotherhood?

  16. I love that nature reflected to you exactly what was needed in your workplace Marika, being open to the magic of God we are given beautiful messages to support us along the way.

  17. Swapping the lead, letting each person step up and run with their strengths, all working with the purpose of supporting everyone else in the environment is very significant.

  18. We are born to love and work together. That is why we are here for, to love without holding it back and to share it with everyone else. Working together from there.. Just like ants do! They dont doubt the truth.

  19. I love that we have all these great examples in nature to remind us of how we can be … and how awesome are ants, a great reflection that leadership is about all of us.

  20. How very wonderful it would be to live and work in a ‘colony’ where we were all “able to work together harmoniously for the good and unity of the colony”. Life and work as we know it would change dramatically and so would the world we live in; the harmony of true brotherhood would prevail at last.

  21. If our common purpose is evolution for all then the leadership is not what’s important, more so who ever can next bring through what’s needed to lead the whole group. It takes the rigidity out of roles to allow equality in the expression of all involved.

  22. Its interesting that despite the amazing teamwork that ants display together, they are generally seen as being a bit of a pest and definitely an inconvenience, especially when they get into our houses or crawl all over our food. Perhpas we should be less quick to get rid of them and be more open to reading the significant messages that they are reflecting back to us.

  23. Just had a meeting with a manager of one of the biggest companies in the Netherlands, and shared the example of the leadership of ants. We both agreed that humans think they are the most advanced species, but if humans would be really honest, they should be humble and could actually learn from nature, which reflects what true leadership is about.

  24. “…what if our work and home environments functioned from the same selfless quality of leadership and teamwork that ants do?” If this were the case, our lives and the impact on society in general would potentially be evolutionary. This surley has to be worth some consideration?

  25. A great sharing Marika on what true teamwork involves, equality and respect with an openness to share, knowing that everyone has something to contribute go along way in true teamwork. Beautiful what the magic of God was showing you through the little ants.

  26. “…to stay focused on purpose, to bring everyone with me in my team as equal leaders, and to support a way of working together where everyone was evolving.” This is the key to true leadership, confirmed by the true reflection of the ants. As a Team Leader this is great to read. It’s an inspiring encapsulation of what true leadership is. Thank you.

  27. This highlights to me that leadership is not about being ‘the boss’, but inspiring others to also step into their on quality of leadership. We all have something to offer, no matter our role, that is all of equal importance.

    1. Yes, I agree Jennifer. I was appreciating yesterday a team I am part of that shows exactly what you’ve shared here. The leader of our team treats everyone as equals, the level of respect and love can be deeply felt. Being on this team is the first time I have experienced true teamwork and I absolutely love it.

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