- As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird flying behind. Flying in a `V’ formation adds around 70 per cent greater flying range than if the bird was flying alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction can get where they are going quicker and more easily by getting a `lift’ from others in the team.
- Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
Lesson: It is wiser to stay `in formation’ with those who are headed where we want to go, and be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others in the team.
- When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes the lead.
Lesson: It benefits all in the team to take turns doing the hardest task and sharing the leadership.
- The geese at the back of the `V’ honk to encourage those up in front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: Only give your leader positive honking – no one likes a back seat driver!
- If a goose gets shot down or becomes sick two others drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies.
Lesson: We too should stand by each other in the difficult times as well as the prosperous ones.