What leadership skills can we learn from Geese?

Every time I read this story; I get inspired as it ignites my WHY. For me; my WHY is the belief in the power of peers and that by collaborating and supporting each other, we can accomplish more than trying to go at it alone.

I share with you the Goose Story by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes in the hopes that it might also inspire you to collaborate, share with & learn from others with the goal of becoming a better leader.


The Goose Story
by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes

fall, when
you see Geese
heading South for
the Winter, flying along
in V formation, you might
consider what science has dis‐
covered as to why they fly that way:
as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an
uplift for the bird immediately following. By
flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least
71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Key Takeaway: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

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 in front.

Key Takeaway: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are.

the Head Goose
gets tired, it rotates back
in the wing and another goose flies point.

Key Takeaway: It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs.

honk from behind to
encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Key Takeaway: As a leader, how are you communicating with; and encouraging your team?

and this is important,
when a goose gets sick, or is
wounded by gunshots and falls out
of formation, two other geese fall out with that
goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.
They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until
it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation
to catch up with their group

Key Takeaway: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.