Wisdom from the Wild

The Nine Unbreakable Laws of Leadership from the Animal Kingdom

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
256 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2021
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Author Biography

Julie C. Henry is an outdoor explorer and animal lover at heart who is continually learning and sharing leadership lessons inspired by wildlife and wild places.

A former zoo and aquarium senior leader, Julie is president of Finish Line Leadership, a training and consulting firm, and has worked with over fifty-five organizations across corporate, nonprofit, government, association, and community sectors. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both zoology and education (Miami University of Ohio), a Master of Arts in communication (University of South Florida), a Postgraduate Diploma in outdoor education (University of Otago), an Executive Program Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership (Green Mountain College), and has completed graduate coursework in winter ecology in Grand Teton National Park (Teton Science School). She was selected as a Fellow of the Toyota TogetherGreen program of the National Audubon Society, chosen for Disney’s Animal Kingdom/World Wildlife Fund Biodiversity Leadership Program, and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand.

Julie has presented to over one million people across thirty-two states and six countries, in on-site and online settings ranging from auditoriums and ballrooms to boats, beaches, forests, theaters, boardrooms, and even underwater while feeding sharks and moray eels. She has yet to see a wolf in the wild, snorkel with whale sharks, or visit Antarctica, but she continues to dream about those moments.

She lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her two children, whom she lovingly describes as her “zoo animal” and her “wild animal” due each one’s natural inclination toward life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Wisdom from the Wild: The Nine Unbreakable Laws of Leadership from the Animal Kingdom uses animals to teach leadership skills. Author Julie C. Henry calls her book a “fun, new approach to leadership.” Henry’s principles include overcoming fear (based on spiders), developing a singleness of purpose (based on sea turtles), developing diversity (based on giraffes and termites), and six more. There are many personal anecdotes, and each chapter ends with “pro tips” and a “behind the scenes” story. Additionally, each of the book’s three parts ends with a “field guide,” where readers can write down their personal thoughts on the topic under discussion. Henry is not only an animal lover. She formerly served in management at a zoo and aquarium and now runs a leadership consulting business. The book is for both new and experienced leaders.

I’ve read many books on leadership, but Wisdom from the Wild is unique. And I mean that as the highest compliment. Author Julie C. Henry’s idea to base leadership principles on animals was brilliant. Who would have thought human leaders could learn from the instincts and actions of animals? Henry did, and the result is an excellent, enjoyable read that any leader or potential leader will profit from. And not only can leaders learn from reading the book itself, but anyone who reads Henry’s book will look at animals in a new light, asking themselves what other knowledge they can acquire from their non-human friends. Henry’s book does what every book should do—not only teach readers but make them think. I highly recommend this excellent, challenging book.