Ian Thomas

Lion Tracker, Author of The Power of the Pride

Drawing on the knowledge he has gained from his business and safari backgrounds, Ian enlightens leaders and teams about how they can build successful teams by taking lessons from the animal kingdom.


After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business, he followed is calling and worked as a wildlife guide in Southern Africa, specializing in tracking lions.  Ian attained the highest tracking and guiding qualification possible, that of ‘Scout’, awarded to him by The Field Guides Association of South Africa.  ‘The award recognises excellence in guiding in big game areas, weapon handling, and tracking. He was the first person to achieve this distinction.

During his time as a guide he discovered that he had a talent for teaching and story telling which led to a career in public speaking. Once of his core beliefs is that people have a lot to learn from nature. Sound business sense is linked to a knowledgeable insight into how nature thrives. His presentations assault the senses with stunning photographs, thunderous roars, humour, and an ability to tell and act out the story.

Audiences leave enthralled, and repeat the stories to friends and colleagues, which further entrenches the message and results in immense take-home business value.

He is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows discussing subjects such as teamwork, goals, and how to minimise risk. Ian is a member of the National Speakers Association (USA). He is known for a sound business message and is recognised internationally as one of the world’s top motivators and keynote speakers.

Ian has worked with clients around the world such as Sanlam, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Murray and Roberts, Grinaker Construction, Wooltru, Nedbank, Transvaal Cricket Team, Springbok Rugby Team; MUSE (US hospital software user group), TMI (UK), Glynwed Metals (UK), Bachrach (US), Cisko (Europe & UK), Eagle Star (UK), Canada Life (UK and Canada), Sigma (Australia), Colonial (Australia)

He has featured in many local and international management magazines, and is also one of South Africa’s foremost wildlife photographers.


You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.


How lessons from lions can teach you to create successful business teams.

The pride structure developed on the great grassy savannahs of Africa, a veld rumbling with wild animals, where even today roam vast herds of antelope and zebra. Lions evolved alongside the herds and the interaction between hunter, hunted, and competitor forged them into teams of superbly effective hunters and fighters. These teams collectively known as prides flourished and they are emerged as a potent example of teamwork for maximum effect.

Ian also presents on subjects such as:

  • Teamwork
    Goals and Strategy
    How to Mininise Risk




The Power of the Pride – 1992


‘You managed to combine the timing of a professional comedian with the skills of a professional mime artist. You obviously had a complete mastery of your subject matter, but what came over above all, was your passion for your subject combined with a desire to use that knowledge and passion to communicate to your audience. It was funny, riveting and inspirational all at the same time’ – Clive Panto of Clive Panto Productions UK

“We were all hugely pleased with the success of last week’s event. The feedback here is that it was by far the best conference we’ve ever had. Ian Thomas went down a storm so a great recommendation.” – Alessia Melli, UnumProvident

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