Have you ever wondered why geese fly in a V pattern? While sitting on the beach this past week, I had to Google it and find out.
First, it conserves their energy. Each bird is flying slightly above the bird in front which reduces wind resistance. The geese also take turns being the “leader,” falling back naturally and relying on others when they get tired. In these formations, it is easier to keep track of everyone and communicate within the group. For the same reason, fighter pilots often use this formation as well.
Thinking of the V formation can also translate to teams. Do you know when to lead and when to follow to avoid flight fatigue? Is your communication tight and efficient so others have clarity on their projects? Do you rotate leadership in a timely fashion that helps improve leadership efficiency?
Do you have an “others-focus” when you lead? How are you allowing others space to be at their very best?
Our talents are like a gas grill – they should never all be on high at the same time. This takes a concentrated and intentional effort to self-regulate and self-correct. At all times, we should be asking ourselves what we are supplying to others and what we are relying on others to do. Learning to use this principle in our leadership roles is important to effectiveness as well as sustainability.