from Geese: A model for leadership and teamwork
As each bird
flaps its wings in a flock, it creates uplift for
the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the
whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew
1: People who share a common direction and sense of community
can get where they want to go quicker and easier because they
are traveling with the support of one another.
goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance
of trying to go it alone, and quickly returns to formation where
it is supported by the lifting power of the bird immediately
2: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation
with those who are headed in the direction that best benefits
the whole team (and are willing to accept their help as well as
give ours to others).
When the lead
goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another
goose flies at the lead point position...
3: It pays to take turns doing the challenging task, and to share
the leadership with people... as with geese in formation, in a
team we are dependent on each other.
in formation honk from behind to continuously encourage those
up front to keep up their speed...
4: We need to keep the words, tone and body language we use with
our team members empowering and encouraging, instead of negative
When a goose
gets sick or wounded and falls out of formation, two geese fall
out along side to help and protect it. They stay with it until
it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their
own, with another formation, or to catch up with their original
5: If we have as much sense as geese, we too will stand by each
other in difficult and challenging times, as well as when we are