FLEMINGTON, N.J., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As Father's Day approaches, it's time to thank Dad for the important role he plays in family leadership, and that means giving him props for helping the family fly in formation while providing lift for each and every member. Geese, swans and ducks do the same for their families, points out leadership expert Jackie Freedman, author of the new paperback edition of Updraft: The Aerodynamics of Great Leadership (Station Square Media: June 2017).
A frequent talk show guest with a terrific sense of humor, Freedman says the bird analogy applies in many ways to leadership at home and in the workplace. She points out that this Father's Day is an ideal time to help fathers see how they help their family rise to new heights and understand the critical role they play in creating updraft.
In addition, she says other family members should remember:
- Dads do a difficult job—the lead position is the most challenging to fly in.
- When Dad is leading, he has to trust that the rest of the family is pulling their own weight by doing their homework, cleaning their rooms, etc.
- Believing that fathers have all the answers is destructive. Dads deserve respect but also the right to be human.
- Tell Dad he does a great job. Birds are constantly communicating, especially when in flight.
Freedman, who lives in the path of the Canada geese's Atlantic Flyway, developed her book's concept after watching hundreds of geese flying by. She was struck by the way the geese continually adjusted their positions to maintain the v-formation behind the leader. As she researched these birds, she learned how each goose supports the progress of the flock with the updraft that comes off its wingtip. She realized she had an easy-to-understand metaphor that applied perfectly to families and other organizations.
Credentials: Jackie Freedman has worked with a wide variety of businesses including Merck & Co., ShopRite, Dun & Bradstreet, Wiss & Co. and J.P. Morgan. She earned her master's degree in business from Rutgers Business School.
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