A favorite leadership analogy has been the V-flying formation of geese, first forwarded in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish. It highlights the importance of teamwork, of sharing, of encouragement, of empathy and understanding crucial for the vitality and sustainability of any organization.

Watching the video above and reflecting on your involvement with a group or organization (i.e. work, civic, or religious), please answer the following questions:

1. What kind of goose do you find yourself most of the time?

  • A lead goose
  • A backup goose
  • A helper goose
  • A goose in need
  • A honker from behind
  • A goose nurse
  • A goose just following

2. What kind(s) of goose above (i.e. people) are most challenging to you in a group?