Managers leading teams can learn a lot from flocks of geese. Consider this:
• Each member is responsible for getting itself to wherever the flock is going; each member looks to itself—not the leader—to determine what to do.
• Every member knows the direction of the flock. Sharing the common direction makes assuming the leadership role easier.
• Every member is willing to assume leadership when the flock needs it. When the lead goose gets tired, a more energetic goose from back in the pack assumes the leadership position. This allows the flock to maintain the fastest pace possible.
• Followers encourage leaders. Members honk from the rear to encourage leaders to maintain a fast pace.
• Members look after each other, helping all members achieve the goal. If a wounded goose goes down, two geese follow it, and protect and feed it until it either recovers or dies.
Adapted from: The Will to Lead: Managing with Courage and Conviction in the Age of Uncertainty by Neil H. Snyder & Angela P. Clonz
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