The nomad is someone with an almost unquenchable thirst to keep expanding their mental horizons. Among the individuals at a leadership level in an organization, the nomad is a very interesting archetype.

As with the general meaning of the word, the nomad archetype is a constant explorer. But rather than driven by a need to find an ultimate destination, the nomad’s journey is driven by an innate urge. The curious fact is that when an organization goes through a transformation, the nomad uses this phase as an opportunity to expand their horizons.

050-VisualizationIn many ways, the nomad is the perfect embodiment of the freedom to explore

For a real world nomad archetype, there is no better example than the legendary Jane Goodall. A British citizen, the 84 year old is rightly considered as a celebrity equivalent of a primatologist.

Since 1960 when she first encountered the wilderness of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park- or more precisely, the chimpanzees there- Goodall has dedicated more than 55 years of her life to study the  social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. An accomplished anthropologist and primatologist, you could say that Goodall’s nomadic adventure led her on an exploration that crossed the human into the primate territory.

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Nomads are driven by an inner fire- a light that resides in them

Aside from founding the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots programme- both aimed at nature and wildlife conservation and allied efforts, Goodall has been on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since it was founded in 1996. For her contributions to her field, she was named by the United Nations as a Messenger of Peace in 2002.

In other words, you could say she is an over-achiever and a shining light in the conservation landscape. And that’s one of the fascinating aspects about the nomad archetype- their zest for exploration could inspire.

In fact, this archetype is very much intertwined with another powerful archetype in the leadership echelon- the pioneer. You could learn more about the pioneer archetype by reading this blog.

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