Leadership Lessons From The Goose
We can learn a lot from nature’s wildlife especially how they lead and support one another. Meet Mr. Waddles a Hackensack resident who shared his leadership lessons.
Shared Common Goals – when each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the team of geese that follow. When the geese are flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds a 70% greater flying range than if each goose was flying alone.
- When the team has a shared direction and sense of ownership the goal is obtained quicker because they rely on and support one another.
Have Humility to Seek Out Help – When a goose falls out of “V” formation, it suddenly feels the struggle of flying alone. Their goal is to move swiftly back into the “V” formation and to take advantage of the lifting power of the goose in front of it.
- When we are willing to accept the assistance of others the team stays on course in achieving the goals. Being humble will allow you and your team to achieve greater heights.
Empowerment of the Team – When the lead goose begins to get tired, it rotates back into the “V” formation and lets another goose take the lead.
- Don’t burn out by micro-managing and having tight controls in place. This will only demotivate and disengage your team. Share the leadership responsibility. Rotate the tasks. It’s very important to tap into the talents, skillset, capabilities, and experience of the team.
Make Some Noise – Geese that are flying in “V” formation are constantly honking to encourage the flock to keep up their speed and to recognize one another.
- Lack of recognition is one reason employees are unsatisfied at work and leave for other opportunities. As leaders make sure your honking is encouraging. Where there is encouragement and recognition, the teamwork and the achieving of goals is much greater. There is great power in encouragement and recognition, and it is delivered by consistency and the quality of the honk. Give your team the recognition they deserve.
Lend a Helping Hand – When a goose gets tired or is not feeling well, two geese drop out of the “V” formation and follow their teammate down to safe grounds. They stay with their teammate until it is able to fly again. Then, they fly to catch up with the flock or find another “V” formation to join.
- It’s very important to support and stand by your team when times are challenging. This is when the team needs you the most
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