Archive for December, 2009

Follow the Leader

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

We’ve all heard the story about why Canada Geese fly in a V formation. The lead goose creates a draft that the other geese follow. The other geese honk behind the leader to cheer the leader on. When the leader gets tired another goose takes the leaders place and the V continues on. This instinct allows Canada Geese to cover great distances in their migration pattern. It’s absolutely brilliant, as long as there’s a leader.

The other day as I was driving my daughter to school in the morning I saw dozens of geese heading back into the sky after a night’s rest. What caught my attention that morning wasn’t the number of geese, though I’ve rarely seen so many in one place. It was the lack of organization. There was no elegant V flying across the sky. It was simply dozens of geese flying chaotically and going nowhere.

As I watched, it occurred to me what was happening. The geese were all trying to find a leader to follow. No goose was taking the first shift to lead the V. Every time a V seemed ready to form the lead goose pulled behind another goose and the V fell apart. Without a leader the geese were going nowhere.
Without a leader, teams and organizations go nowhere. Someone has to cast vision. Someone has to point the way. Someone has to create the draft that others can follow. But leading’s hard. It’s a lot easier to draft behind a strong leader than create the draft yourself. Yet, if God’s called you to lead, you need to lead. Without a leader, the team or the organization is going nowhere.