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Biomimetic Leadership for 21st Century Companies

People Plus! Profit, 08195 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Management and Marketing, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Carretera de Utrera, km. 1, 41013 Seville, Spain
Director Chair in Sustainable Finance, UPF Barcelona School of Management, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editors: Juan Luis Crespo-Mariño and Andrés Segura-Castillo
Biomimetics 2021, 6(3), 47;
Received: 9 May 2021 / Revised: 5 July 2021 / Accepted: 9 July 2021 / Published: 14 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioinspired Intelligence II)
Biomimicry is a scientific discipline that aims to model the behavior or properties of biological systems so as to adapt them to other scientific areas. Recently, this approach has been adopted in order to develop an organizational model called “Organizational Biomimicry”. It proposes a systemic approach, a worldview that places the organization and the people related to it as an integral part of nature, and an R&D system based on continuous learning from nature. The effective management of this business model depends on leaders who can make dynamic decisions, generate commitment to the views of the company, define specific goals, actively learn on multiple levels and tackle conflicts. This type of leadership may actually be being exercised in business practice; however, no leadership style inspired by biomimicry has been theorized to date. Thus, the aim of this research was to present a biomimetic leadership model that considers nature as a model, measure and mentor. To this end, we proposed, firstly, a definition of a biomimetic leader from the point of view of the characteristics of biomimetic organizations. Then, we determined the characteristics of this leadership type. Secondly, we conducted a review of the main leadership styles analyzed in the recent literature about management; then, for each leadership type, we extracted the characteristics that will adapt to the biomimetic leadership model. From this process, we obtained the traits of a biomimetic leader. This characterization (definition plus characteristics) was subjected to an expert panel, which determined its validity. View Full-Text
Keywords: organizational biomimicry; biomimetic leadership; leadership organizational biomimicry; biomimetic leadership; leadership
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Olaizola, E.; Morales-Sánchez, R.; Eguiguren Huerta, M. Biomimetic Leadership for 21st Century Companies. Biomimetics 2021, 6, 47.

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Olaizola E, Morales-Sánchez R, Eguiguren Huerta M. Biomimetic Leadership for 21st Century Companies. Biomimetics. 2021; 6(3):47.

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Olaizola, Edita, Rafael Morales-Sánchez, and Marcos Eguiguren Huerta. 2021. "Biomimetic Leadership for 21st Century Companies" Biomimetics 6, no. 3: 47.

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