Leadership: we spend millions on conferences which teach it, books that talk about it, and speakers who think they understand it. But we really don’t need to look any further than the animal world for real-life examples. In his book, Wind and Fire, Bruce Larson mentions some of the leadership (and follower-ship) qualities of sandhill cranes:
These large birds, who fly great distances across continents, have three remarkable qualities:
First, they rotate leadership. No one bird stays out in front all the time.
Second, they choose leaders who can handle turbulence.
And then, all during the time one bird is leading, the rest are honking their affirmation.
The sandhill crane didn’t have to attend a conference or buy a book to learn how to lead and follow leadership so well. That’s just the way God made it. We can learn some valuable leadership lessons from this bird. First of all, those who are out in front need someone who is capable of taking their place when they get tired. Next, when difficulty comes, this person has to be able to steer the others through it. Finally, a leader can only be as strong as those who follow him. When those who are under the leader show their support, he or she is able to do the job better.
Everyone can be a leader, whether at school, home, work, church, or in the community; but no one can be a leader unless he is a good follower. Regardless of which category fits you, be the best you can be with the tools God’s given you. It will make you a highly sought-after worker wherever you serve.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder