Many people use the words “team” and “group” interchangeably; however, they are in essence not the same. One of the most important elements that distinguish a “team” from a “group” is synergy.
Have you ever watched a flock of geese take flight? Seconds after they take off, the geese arrange themselves into a perfect “V formation.” Flying in this formation, rather than each goose flying on its own, allows them to fly faster, conserve energy, and fly longer distances. This is synergy in action.
Observing these wonderful creatures, one would notice that as the lead goose tires, he simply drops back and another bird takes its place in the lead. Working together in this manner, rather than individually, allows the flock to achieve greater productivity. This synergy is a law of nature.
Fortunately, the kind of teamwork that works for geese also works for businesses and organizations. Teams and organizations can greatly benefit from the “V formation” leadership style.