Geese are an example of leadership. They teach us some valuable lessons. Geese take turns in leading the gaggle. As each bird moves it creates an uplift for the bird behind, thus making it much easier for her to fly. When the lead bird gets tired, she retreats and someone else takes the lead. If a bird gets injured, one or two geese stop to look after it. Geese present a model of shared leadership, teamwork, interdependence and working collaboratively for the success of the whole group. The lead bird’s wings are formulated with all the other geese in the gaggle who are soaring up through the sky as individual birds and at the same time as one single entity with a single mission.
"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.' - Ratan Tata
Canadian geese fly south every year before winter sets in. They fly in V formation and cover up to 1500 miles (2214 km) in a single day! This, by any stretch of the imagination is FAR!!
Hence traveling together is the only way it can be done, as Ratan Tata said.
This is possible only with sharing the responsibility of leading the pack and constantly supporting each other.
Why am I fascinated by geese even though they are quite a nuisance in many areas? I held the top leadership position of President of the New Brunswick Teachers Association. Hence, leadership examples, and how to lead are of great interest to me. This is the inspiration behind this painting.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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