V Formation

Video / Produced by The High Calling

This is such a great image, not only for how it applies to our understanding of teamwork, but also for the kind of model it gives us for leadership. The front goose has to work the hardest, flying harder and faster than all the others, but its position makes it easier for the whole flock (or should it be a gaggle?).

Leadership means more than a place at the front; it means hard work and service. Wouldn't it be great if we could always work like this, in harmony, mutually leading and supporting one another? How far might we be able to go if we did?

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TRANSCRIPT: Seeing geese heading south for the winter, notice their V-shaped formation. Scientists say that each bird's flapping creates uplift for the bird immediately behind. The entire flock gains at least 70% greater range than a bird flying alone.

A goose that drops out of formation encounters drag and resistance. That prompts her quick return to the formation. As the lead goose tires, it rotates back and another takes the point. Geese behind honk to encourage those in front to maintain speed.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, with this reminder from geese in flight: Working together and encouraging one another will take us further than our going it alone, in the high calling of our daily work.

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
(1 Cor. 14:26)