Typically, when eagles are mentioned, people imagine an enormous hunter soaring above on wide-open spaces with outsized, magnificent wings. Eagles are taken as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace. For centuries, eagles have fascinated and inspired us with their brilliant leadership characteristics. Indeed, they are amongst the world’s largest birds of prey. We venerate them as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence. But what makes this bird so important and symbolic to humanity are its characteristics.
Watch an eagle sitting high above the tree or cliff of a stiff mountain. See how he moves his head to observe what is happening below, around and above it. Even while flying it keeps a sharp eye on the surrounding. Indeed, eagle is known for its keen vision. Their eyes are specially designed for long distance focus and clarity. They can spot another eagle soaring from 50 miles away.
The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart from the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.
Great vision is a characteristic of a successful leadership. However, vision is not just to see. It has to be reinforced with foresight enabling one to make a quick decision followed by action. A leader must have a vision that guides and leads the team towards a goal. The vision must be big and focused. A big, focused vision will produce big results.
Eagles are fearless. They never surrender to the size or strength of its prey. They prove a worthy opponent and always put on a good fight. A Golden Eagle displays remarkable hunting strategy, preying on goats much larger than itself by throwing them off the cliff’s face.
Successful leaders are fearless. They face problems head on. It is the instinct to protect that which you love and cherish.
Eagles are tenacious. When other birds fly away fear the oncoming storm, the eagle takes advantage of the same storm and uses the current to reach greater heights.
A leader has to take up challenges to reach greater heights without retreat; the very challenges will create opportunities to rise. A leader prefers to take challenges, just as an eagle does, when the storm comes.
Eagles maintain their superiority by flying up to an altitude of 10,000 -15,000 feet; no other bird possesses such admirable qualities. An eagle doesn’t mingle around with the pigeons.
A leader has to stay on top with his performance and demonstrate his superiority and strength without meddling in petty matters.
An eagle only eats the meat from the prey it kills itself; it is not a scavenger.
A true leader is not dependent but self-sustaining and self-respecting.
Eagles are full of life and vision. It never gives up living but retreats to a mountaintop when its physical condition deteriorates. During this retreat, the eagle knocks off its own beak by banging it against a rock, plucks out its talons and feathers. Each stage produces a re-growth of the removed body parts, allowing the eagle to live for another 30-40 years.
In the life of a leader there are times that invites one to look back, ponder, and take stock of the past. He has to free himself of the rotten or outdated parts of his career as a leader and recondition/invigorate himself. Great leaders are the ones that always maintain a check and balance of their personal and professional lives and make an effort to learn things every day.
Eagles are known for their aggression and ferociousness. What astonishes one however, is that this bird has the ability to nurture the offspring in the most gentle and attentive manner than any other bird. When the mother eagle sees that time has come for it to teach the eaglets to fly, she gathers an eaglet onto her back, and spreading her wings, flies high. Suddenly she swoops out from under the eaglet and allows it to fall. As it falls, it gradually learns what its wings are for until the mother catches it once again. The process is repeated. If the young is slow to learn or cowardly, she returns it to the nest, and begins to tear it apart, until there is nothing left for the eaglet to cling to. Then she nudges him off the cliff. Nature can be brutal as so at times.
Leaders cannot be cowards. True leaders are not bosses. They grow with their people. They strive to make individuals in the organization or society grow to their full capabilities. They teach and guide just like the mother eagle does. They never stop giving challenges but never give-up empowering and directing. A true leader spends time with people who are vibrant and liberal in thinking. You have to be with people who can think, make informed decisions and take actions. These are the people who bring changes to the society. They are lively and active people. Go out and look for them. Indeed, the people you hang around with determines the person you become.
For selecting a life partner, the female eagle always takes a male eagle to a test flight with a twig in her beak. She drops the twig at a certain height for the male to chase it. Once the male catches hold of it and brings back, the female flies into a higher altitude and drops it again in the same way for the male to fetch it back. The process is repeated until the female gets the assurance that the male is capable of fathering and leadership, and is serious in its relationship of real love and affection. Once the trust builds, the father and the mother eagle mate for life and work together as parents. It is also interesting to note that in order to defend their territories and attract a mate, bald eagles put on spectacular aerial displays including death-defying swoops and seemingly suicidal dogfights that involve locking talons with another bird and free-falling in a spiral.
Good leaders should test cautiously when choose their partners before reposing trust. Besides they need to demonstrate their abilities before being selected/elected.
Eagles always build their nests at high places where enemies cannot easily reach. A male eagle picks up thorns and lays them on the cliff as an outer shell of protection, and then it brings twigs to form another layer over it for ruggedness and agility. Again it places a layer of thorns over it to prevent enemies penetrating it, and then places a layer of soft-grass just before the inner most layer. The finishing touches for the nest are completed using its feathers placed over the outermost layers of rugs.
Great leaders arrange to provide full protection to those being led. They leave no stone unturned to ensure inland security especially for the future generations.
Last but not the least, many eagles lay two eggs. After being hatched, the older and larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling; adults do not intervene. Hard to imagine that for the leaders to be, this approach is really desirable.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.