consider the ANT – part 5
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise…” Proverbs 6:6
Consideration 4: Ants mark their paths…
Have you ever noticed a line of ants all moving at the same pace in the same direction? There is a reason that they all stay in line and continue moving…they are following a path…a pre-marked path. It is a system of efficiency that we can learn from as leaders.
As mentioned before, ants live in colonies and every ant has a role to play within that colony. A critical part of living and thriving is food and substance. There are particular ants who will scout out new food…they will search until they find what they are looking for. The success of these scouts is finding food.
What is interesting, though, is they are also setting up the ants that will follow them. They mark their path! They use a special scent that allows the ants that follow to interpret whether the path is successful (leads to food) or not successful. It’s almost like a “green light” – “red light” system. The lead ant (or leader) is responsible for pioneering new paths to success…all the while, leaving clearly marked clues to that success. If the lead ant finds great success the path is marked clearly…like shouting out “come this way”! If the lead ant finds nothing…it will mark the path as unsuccessful…a “red light” or “path closed” type scent. This allows the ants behind to attain success more quickly.
What can we learn? Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I clearly mark paths of success for those who follow?
2. Do I clearly mark unsuccessful paths for those who follow?
3. Are the people behind me better off because of my leadership?
I hope you consider these questions and lead well! This post concludes this series…I hope it has helped!