Is Your Team Committed

The challenge for every leader is to have team member’s who are committed to the vision, goals, and values of the organization. A question every leader needs to ask is, if their team is truly committed and how they can increase the current commitment level. First let’s look at some signs of a committed team,

Everyone is united as one force.

Everyone enjoys working together.

Everyone is moving toward the organization’s vision and goals.

Everyone is working in their personal strengths.

Everyone is passionate about the future.

Everyone is growing together.

Everyone is moving toward the next level.

Everyone has open communication with each other.

Everyone is living the values of the organization.

We can learn a lot about what a committed team looks like by looking at a flock of Geese. This is because commitment is needed when they fly south for the winter. When reading this story by Dr. Robert McNeish keep in mind how commitment is essential for an effective team.

“When you see Geese heading south for the winter, flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.”

The goal for leader’s should be to have the Geese type of commitment within their team. Which is done if a leader focuses on maintaining and raising their team’s commitment. This can be done if a leader,

Is intentional about raising the commitment level.

Builds trust.

Is encouraging and adds value.

Provides a safe environment.

Rewards and praises team members both publicly and privately.

Raises team member’s to the next level.

Frequently communicates the organization’s goals, vision, and values.

These are all things leader’s can do to increase their teams commitment. This is because these things show your people that you care and value them being on the team.

What are signs you can see of commitment on your team And how do you raise the commitment level of your team?



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  • Since I’m a cyclist Dan I can use the Tour de France as an example. A sprinter has one specialty-sprint. but they need help getting over the mountains. So one or two of their teammates stays with them to pull and encourage. When it comes time to sprint, it takes a leadout from their team and usually one last person to set him up for a win. A climber uses a domestique to help him as much as he can. Team members will sacrifice himself for the greater good of the team. The application is obvious. Those are my thoughts.

    • danonleadership

      Those are some great thoughts. So happy to hear another perspective on this topic. Thank you for reading and sharing.

    • Anonymous

      Great perspective and thoughts. It takes a strong and committed team to be successful. Thank you for reading.

  • Don’t geese also rotate positions, so that each bird is carrying an equal weight (because the first bird is the one that gets the most wind resistance)?

    • Anonymous

      Robert, I don’t know for sure. I beleive having a team carry equal weight is essential (Beside the weight of final responsibility that should always be on the leader). Thank you for stopping by.