Lead or Follow?

Have you ever really watched a flock of geese? It’s truly amazing.

Did you know that Canada Geese can fly up to 1500 miles in a day if the weather cooperates? How is this even possible?

You look at these geese and they rise up out of a lake. They are discombobulated. They are trying to get their groove on. They are flapping their wings trying to get a cycle down; some kind of pattern. They just need momentum. They just need to make sure they are flapping their wings and staying in the air.

Then you see the entire flock. Instead of being this giant mess, all of the sudden they are in “V”s. They are in formation. This formation is providing them with the ability to share their load of others. They are still pulling their weight. They are still moving their body. They are still getting themselves from point A to point B, on their own power. But there is a single goose in front that is leading the way. It is breaking the path for the rest so they can follow in its slipstream. That one in the front chooses where to go and every other just follows suit.

Then you see the one goose out there all by himself. It is moving. It looks like it is really cruising (mostly because there is nothing to measure itself against). It’s just flying along, getting it’s task done. It gets to CHOOSE where it wants to go. It is the only one that flock. It doesn’t have to lead anybody. It doesn’t have to pull anybody else’s weight. It just flies its own flight.

At the same time, it doesn’t have anyone to pass the burden to when it gets to be too much. It doesn’t have anyone to lead on when it needs to step back and get some rest.

Then there are the ones in the back. They make the choice to not lead. This is just easy. They are getting where they think they need to go, but they never get to choose. They never know for sure. They are always at the mercy of the lead goose. Someone else is always the leader. Someone else always makes the decisions. It most certainly takes less effort. However, the view never changes.

You don’t need to work at 100%, 100% of the time.

You do need to be at 100% when it really matters. The rest of the time, you can allow others to take charge.

You need to decide the best way for you. Do you want to lead the flock, fly solo, or stay in the back?