Lessons from Geese: Honk! Encourage the leader

1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 AMP
Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction, 13 and [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another.
Whenever you see geese flying, you will hear them honking, that’s their way of encouraging those who are leading so that they can keep the pace. As they fly in a V formation, one goose takes the lead and the others honk encouraging it to keep the pace. When it gets tired it falls to the back and another takes the lead and the others keep on honking.
Leadership can be a very lonely place because people come to you with their needs and they except you to offer solutions and answers.
Many times, we forget that those in leadership also need encouragement and support. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much higher plus where encouragement thrives, there is little room for complaining.
Our leaders go through the same issues that we go through and even so much more because the bear the burden of leadership. A word of encouragement or a pat on the back once in a while will go a long way in booting their morale.
When was the last time you encouraged your leader?
As a leader how do you feel when someone steps in to encourage you?
Plan to be an encouragement and not a burden to those that lead you.