Lessons from Geese

Geese are a Great Example of Teanwork

Geese are a Great Example of Teamwork

One of my favorite lessons in the subject of teamwork comes from one of God’s creations…Geese.  If you’ve ever looked up in the sky and spotted a flock of geese you will notice that they fly in a “V” formation.  What you may not know is why.  God created these geese to fly in this pattern for a specific reason.  Here are the reasons for the flight patterns of geese and the lessons of teamwork we can learn from them.


FACT #1 – As each Goose flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the birds that follow and by flying in the “V” formation the whole flock can add 71% greater flying range then if each bird flew alone.

TEAM LESSON – The team going in a common direction will travel quicker and higher on the thrust of one another.

FACT #2 – When a goose falls out of formation it immediately begins to slow down and recognizing this, it moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

TEAM LESSON – Each team member must recognize its need for each other and be willing to give and accept help when needed.

FACT #3 – When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in the formation and another goose flies in the point position.

TEAM LESSON – The team is interdependent on each others skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents and other resources.

FACT #4 – The Geese that fly in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

TEAM LESSON – Make sure when you HONK that it’s encouraging to others.  Otherwise keep your BEEK shut.

FACT #5 – When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and they fall down to help and protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the other flock.

TEAM LESSON – Team members will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when they are strong.

Work hard at developing the types of teams that fly like geese.  If you do, your organization will begin soaring to new heights.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“We don’t work for each other; we work with each other.”

Stanley C. Gault


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on August 8, 2009, in Leadership, Team and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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