As strange as it may seem, we can learn from a flock of geese how a team can work together in accomplishing the same objectives as an individual, but with more efficiency. Consider:
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.
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
Every member knows the direction of the flock. Sharing the common direction makes assuming the leadership role easier.
"Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord
." (2 Chron. 30:12)
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.
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
Followers encourage leaders. Members honk from the rear to encourage leaders to maintain a fast pace.
"Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you"
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.
"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
When the nature of the work changes, the geese reorganize themselves for the best results. They fly in a "V," land in waves and feed in fours.
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."
+ Adapted from The Will to Lead: Managing with Courage and Conviction in the Age of Uncertainty, by Neil H. Snyder and Angela P. Clontz (Irwin Professional Publishing); Scripture and quotes added.