Why the elephant?

At Leading Elephants, our mascot is the elephant.  
Strong.  Playful.  Heart-Centered.  And Complex.  
We think elephants capture so much of what it means to be a leader.
Elephants are communal animals

They have with established ways of honoring the heart and caring for one another.  


We believe in navigating the wild together.

We help teams see all sides of the elephant

An ancient Indian parable shows four blind men encountering an elephant for the first time.  Each touches only one part of the elephant, and one sees a “tree” (leg), another a “wall” (elephant’s side) and another a “snake” (trunk)”.  No one person has the right answer.


We help people honor one another’s diverse perspectives, experiences and identities to create a collective vision.

The Heart Matters

in their bestselling book Switch, Chip and Dan Heath illustrate that rational thought (the rider) is not enough to create change.  We must also attend to the elephant (human emotion) and the path (codified plans and processes).


We are champions of connection.  Tapping into the heart transforms work into an inspiring mission and technical tasks into work filled with meaning.  

We Illuminate the elephant in the room

At the heart of complex challenges, the unmentioned or impossible keeps people stuck.

We create a safe space to unpack barriers and enabling dialogues that form a new future together.


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