While you may have seen this before from leadership literature and frequently posted on the internet, it is a good reminder of how a flock of geese can teach human beings to be more collaborative.  Before offering my two cents, read how geese instinctively exhibit behaviors that promote efficiency, effectiveness, and compassion.

  • By flying in “V ” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
  • Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
  • When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
  • Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
  • When a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.

Many people believe animals aren’t capable of cognitive thinking or emotional influence. Pet owners, the behaviors of geese, and heroic stories of animals putting themselves in harm’s way to protect their own or humans would suggest otherwise. While we have witnessed animals acting cruelly and savagely, it pales in comparison to the premeditated, calculated ways some human beings have treated other human beings and animals.

Whether it is humans or animals, we would be wise to think about:
* contributing to others’ successes
* improving by drawing on the talents and abilities of others
* overcoming obstacles by sharing our struggles with others
* encouraging others
* taking time to care for others when they are struggling

Life isn’t easy but it is great! Success is working with others.