Synergy and Leadership


What is synergy? How does it relate to leadership?

Synergy is a law of nature, and is best explained as, ‘One plus one equals more than two’. Canada geese fly in V formation for a very pragmatic reason: a flock of geese flying in formation can move faster and maintain flight longer than any one goose flying alone.

By flying in “V ” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on
the thrust of one another.
 
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are.
 
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese.
 
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
It is important to be aware of the power of our message as we honk from behind, positive or negative. Encouragement is essential to continued growth.
 
When a goose is sick or wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.