posted on: 1/24/2012 11:30:56 AM EST
Mother Nature Showing True Leadership
Leadership, Mindset, Personal Development

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All we have to do is to REALLY LOOK!

You have to ask yourself, are you a True Leader, a True Team Member?

“Flight formation of Geese”.

In several corners of the world, the geese fly in a V-shaped formation with one
side of the 'V' longer than the other. There are scientific and
practical explanations for this and trainers use this nature's
wonder to illustrate the need for synergy in effective teams.

During the flight, each bird's wings create an uplift for the bird behind it.
This enables the entire wedge of geese to fly 71% further than a bird flying alone.

By tapping on the collective strength of individuals with a common goal and direction,

organizations stand to benefit. When a goose starts to leave the formation, it can feel a drag and

resistance of a solo flight and will quickly get back into the 'V' formation.
The lift and thrust of the flapping birds in front lighten the
burden of the birds behind. In the same manner, top executives
should take good care of their middle-level managers, who in turn
look after the workers on the ground. We can be special and
choose to fall out of the line, but it will make our journey to
success a much tougher path to travel as we do not enjoy the
support of the people above us.

Just like our leaders, the leading goose may feel the strain and pressure in
taking charge. When it drops to the back, another goose
immediately takes over the helm. In perfect teams, the mindset
should not be one of “your job” or “my job” but “our jobs.” The
responsibility is shared and each team member should be
prepared to cover each other's portfolio when the need arises.

Geese do not travel in silence and we hear their honking in flight. Maybe it is
their merry singing, but it could very well be their way of encouragement to those in front to keep pace.

We don't have to go to the extreme of a cheerleading team. However, words of
praise, encouragement and support go a long way in raising the morale of our team members.

Can geese fall sick? Yes, they can and when that happens, at least two other geese will follow a sick bird to the ground.

They will protect the bird and when it is well again, they travel together to join the rest of the flock.

Do not forsake our team members who need our help especially during difficult times.

A good team is not formed overnight. Putting a bunch of your best workers together and making them play some teambuilding

games at a corporate retreat will not get you an effective team. There must be some form of magnetism that pulls them together -

a synergy. Disputes and arguments are common even between husband and wife (or should I say especially between husband and wife)
and there is no reason to expect none of that in the teams. Personalities aside, the solution towards harmony is often a
process of realignment of duties and tasks. Pay particular attention to the rewards and incentives. While certain category

of personnel may be valued for their expertise, the scheme of rewards should generally be based on the team's performance

with lesser emphasis on the individual talents.

Let me end this by asking you to reflect on your role in teams. Are you the leading goose?

The number two who is always able to take over the number one?

A noise maker and morale booster? A ready helper? Does your team fly in a 'V' formation
in the first place?

Are your team members united?

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ...
Michael Jordan

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