If you’re reading this, you’re either a leader or aspiring to be one someday. An Eagle is also a leader amongst birds.
The ability to lead or guide (individuals, teams, organizations, states e.t.c) varies among individuals.
Some are born with it while others become good at it through research and experience. A typical research births these great leadership lessons exhibited by an eagle.
An Eagle is different from most other birds in build and size. Worldwide, it is a symbol of power and freedom. It exhibits several leadership characters
The soccer team in my country, Nigeria is named after them — Super Eagles. Their distinctive characteristics are worth learning from.
Below are 5 great leadership lessons to learn from them.
They are Determined
Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired. — Robert Strauss
This video compilation by “animal channel” shows some Eagles’ determination to overpower their preys.
The Eagles in the video didn’t quit until their preys are dead. The prey’s size doesn’t matter. To become a successful leader, be determined.
Be stubborn with your goals, don’t change your goals because they became hard to achieve. Rather, change your methods and be a go-getter!
A typical Eagle lives for about 70 years but after 30 years, its means of survival becomes tough — its wings become heavy and beak becomes weak.
Then it makes a hard decision — it flies to mountain tops in its nest, then hit its beak on the mountain till it breaks off and wait for it to grow.
After which it uses the newly grown beak to pull off its feathers, then wait till it grows.
Look at the pain involved when they “re-evolve”, yet they embrace change when they need to. This enables them to live for about 40 more years.
Leo Tolstoy said: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Re-evolve, re-strategize and adopt a change when it’s needed. Forget about why you can’t rule the world, think about how you can!
They are Confident
At an altitude of 10000 feet, you’d still find an eagle soaring. Even when there’s a storm, they use their wings (by following the current of the storm) to soar to an even greater height.
Their confidence is admiring. Norman Vincent Peale said: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
Lead humbly but also, confidently.
Eagles Never Scavenge
Ideally, eagles don’t eat dead animals, they hunt their preys (fish, waterfowl and small mammals like squirrels, prairie dogs, raccoons, and rabbits). At times they consume at the point of the hunt and some other time, they take them to their nest.
Leaders often depend on the glory of previous leaders. This is absolutely wrong.
Build your legacy and set a record for others to follow. That’s a characteristic of an outstanding leader.
They are Brave and Courageous
Their greatest fear is you may step forward without fear. Because your courage may become contagious. — Tom Althouse
Eagles are courageous and brave, they hunt their preys courageously and soar in the sky bravely.
Dear leader or prospective leader, be brave and courageous. Approach issues cautiously but be confident and trust your ability.
Leading is unquestionably tricky, but only without a proper guide.
Listed above is a part of the guide needed to become a successful and great leader. You can also check other habits of outstanding leaders here.
Make hay while the sun shines!