Reminders: Cooperative Leadership
by Ardith Hoff
Researchers have determined that Canadian Geese fly many thousands of miles as they migrate. The researchers have learned that the geese take turns at the point of the V. They rotate so that some can rest while another goose takes the lead for a while. Another amazing discovery is that by flying in a V formation, each goose creates a lift for the goose behind it with each lift of the wings, thus increasing the efficiency of the whole group. If one goose gets injured or ill, two other geese from the flock stay with it until it is well enough to fly again. The geese at the back of the flock are the ones that do the honking. Researchers speculate that the honking serves two purposes. It encourages the others and communicates whether all is well in the ranks or not.
By cooperating in rotating roles, by flapping wings to provide a lift for the next one in line, while caring for each other and even honking at the right time, the geese are able to migrate thousands of miles.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the ability to cooperate, like migrating geese, were present in more families, churches, neighborhoods, cities, and within and among countries? The art of leadership is to engender the kind of cooperation that moves a group toward mutually beneficial goals. When the leadership (parents, church pastors and administrative boards, community, and country government leaders) learns to lead by establishing goals that benefit the whole group, the chances of cooperation rise. Unfortunately, individuals or small groups within any organization often have their own agendas and goals.
Organizations that are God centered have the best chance of succeeding. Looking to God’s word and inviting His presence during group decision-making processes can make all the difference. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28