As A Leader Do You Choose to be a Horse, Lemming or Goose?
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-1-January-2007
Organizations are often compared to living organisms (Morgan, 2006). In nature, there are many
examples of group organizations that demonstrate leadership patterns: herds, bands, families, mobs,
colonies, prides, gaggles, flocks, schools,etc. Survival of a species is often based on the type of
leadership nature has established for a particular species in a particular environment at a particular
time or season.
Horses and geese seem to be at opposite ends from one another with lemmings falling somewhere in
between in relation to the leadership needed for the survival of the species . Each species has
similarities to the other, and yet each species is distinctly different. A number of species have
established leadership that ranges from a strong patriarchal system of complete domination by one
leader to a shared stewardship of multiple leaders within the system in which each species lives.