Exciting days happen all the time at my house, but today was exceptionally fun. In the mail, my daughter received a long awaited tube of ants to put in her Ant Farm. We proceeded to put the ants in their new home and let them get to work.
Admittedly, I may have been more excited to watch the ant colony than my daughter. I sat back and watched as the ants left the tube into their new home. Some were excited to enter, others stayed back in the tube. What I immediately recognized was the essence of LEADERSHIP in one tiny, particular Ant.
This ant was the first out of the tube. He was immediately set out to work, tirelessly carrying grains of sand from one side to the other in order to break through. It seemed as though the other ants respected his direction and immediately followed.
What happened next, I didn’t expect and led me to see the lesson of leadership for all of us striving to do better. The lead ant continued working. The follower ants began to slow down and eventually died. The lead ant continued working, never slowing until he too eventually died.
What lessons do we have to learn from these tiny little ants? We all can see it clearly that it is easy to take the lead, be the “First Ant” out of the tube. We can work tirelessly, but without a coordinated effort, we all die in vain. And, now sits an empty Ant Farm at my house.
How can we avoid being the Lead Ant without Help? How can you engage your teammates to have a better coordinated effort? How do you make sure that your “Ant Farm” is not sitting idle? Follow these simple rules for better collaboration and teamwork.
Follow these rules and build your own thriving Ant Farm. Watch it grow, flourish and sit back and be entertained. The last thing you want is a Ghost Town where your talent, efforts and progress go to die. Be the leader, share the load, build a magnificent farm, and watch your creation grow!