Guest Blog by Sheila Gruenwald
A major corporation conducted a study on the flight of geese. In their study they found that geese fly in a “V” formation with one goose in the lead. After a period of time, this goose relinquishes the lead to another goose. During flight they noticed head movements of the leader that seem to give signals to the other geese flying, perhaps to let the others know how he was doing. They estimate that the formation flight pattern reduces wind drag due to the lift the other birds receive and believe it increases their performance by up to 70 percent. Whenever one goose drops out, another goes with it. These two geese do not catch up to the original pack, but join another group later.
What do geese have to do with Leadership?
Every goose took a turn at leading the pack, it communicates with the rest of the team and no one is ever left alone.
Team Work…hear everyone’s ideas
Don’t be married to your ideas.
What I mean by this is be willing to let other people add their input and ideas to your own. When you table an idea, ask and make sure everyone understands what you have said.
If there is the quiet contemplating person ask them for their input.
Team Work…getting input
Don’t simply ask, “What do you think?” that is not inviting to those who may perceive your invitation as not authentic.
Ask questions like, “How can you add to the idea?”,
“Is there a point of weakness in the plan that I have not addressed?”,
“Do you see gaps in my reasoning?”
“Do you have different data or different conclusions or both?”
Questions like this will create buy in from your team and you may be amazed at the ideas that will come forth. Some people on your team may just need some inspiration.
Sheila brings a unique approach to corporate training, combining her passion for teaching with her love of the wilderness lifestyle. She runs her own Corporate and Personal Development organization in British Columbia, Canada, where she specializes in helping organizations create and expand successful models to advance employee skills. Her forte is in leadership development programs, applying her M.A. in Leadership and Training to creating innovative learning experiences.
An expert in all aspects of safety in the wilderness, Sheila takes an active volunteer role in Search and Rescue, involved in both land and air rescue and in training others as the CASARA Central Zone Training Officer for B.C. She is committed to teaching others to safely enjoy the outdoors, instructing courses in Firearms Safety, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival, and hunting safety.
In her own words, “In an outdoor classroom, all participants are challenged and learn something new about themselves- and I love it! Come join me! “