Wisdom From Eagles
Nature has provided us with many lessons. It’s up to us to pay attention and learn from them.
Jean (from Myles Munroe)
7 Leadership Traits Of Eagles
Nature has provided us with countless examples of Leadership, like the ones observed in the majestic Eagle. Below are 7 leadership traits of the Eagle:
1. Eagles fly alone
Eagles are the only birds that do not flock, simply because they fly at an altitude other birds were not designed for. For this reason, they do not mix with sparrows or other smaller birds like geese. They are therefore lonely birds.
In the same way, when you decide to fulfill your vision and dream, the people who used to ‘run’ with you are no longer comfortable. When you decide to become who you were destined to be, your best friends become your problem because they can no longer convert you to be who they want you to be. The moment you choose to spread your Eagle wings, you suddenly find yourself soaring, solo. It can be lonely at the top!
2. Eagles have strong vision
It has been proven that an Eagle has double sight but one vision. He sees 5 miles away with precision, making him the most focused bird in the animal kingdom. He is able to be aware of everything but only see one thing. When he sees a rodent, he swoops down like a bullet and doesn’t take his eyes off the target until he gets it.
If you are going to be successful, you have to be aware of your surroundings and focus on one thing only; you can’t become a jack of all trades. Don’t quit until you strike; don’t allow distractions to divert you from that which is within you.
3. Eagles do not eat dead things
Eagles eat only live food. They demand fresh meat because of their metabolism.
Vultures, on the other hand, eat dead animals and that’s why they are so ugly.
If you are going to maintain your height of experience in life, you can’t dwell on old, dead, frustrated, forgotten information. You need to feed yourself everyday on new, exciting, refreshing information. Your metabolism as a dreamer requires food that feeds your ambitions.
4. The Eagle tests before it trusts
When a male and female Eagle come together and show interest in each other, the female flies down to the ground, picks a twig and then flies 2-3 miles up in the sky. The male follows her. Then she drops the twig and watches. As the twig falls, the male Eagle chases it. The faster it falls, the faster he falls. Before it touches the ground, he catches it in his claws then flies with it to the female. He throws it in the air and the female catches it, then flies higher. She drops it again, and the process continues for hours. When the female is convinced that the male is an expert in catching twigs, only then does she allow him to mate with her.
Test people before you commit yourself. If you are going to be successful, don’t waste your energy on people who only have an interest and are not committed to your business.
5. The Eagle is the only bird that loves the storm
Whenever a storm is on the horizon, the pigeon runs to a hole, the duck takes cover in a nest but the Eagle flies towards the storm.
The Eagle flies towards the storm because its wingspan grows to 7 feet. When a storm approaches, the Eagle considers it an opportunity to relax. He uses the storm’s fury to set his wings. His pinions catch the wind of the storm, pushing him up and suddenly he’s able to glide on the wind of the storm without having to work his wings.
Challenges are good for a leader and a dreamer. No matter what you are facing, no matter how difficult life may seem, no matter how challenging it may look, that storm has come to make you better. You can use it for depression or you can use it for altitude. You can use it for discouragement, or to fly at a height you’ve never flown before.
6. Eagles prepare for training
An Eagle invests time in the development of others. An Eagle is the only bird that builds its nest on a high cleft in the cold mountain, on the bare rock. He lays pieces of twigs, then cloth and rag, then thorns, then cotton and cloth, then straw, then cotton, again. When the nest is soft, warm and comfortable enough, the female comes and lays her eggs. When she’s tired, the male sits on the eggs.
The key to separation is the prefix di-(two) as in (di-vision), (di-chotomy), (di-vorce) etc. If you want to prevent division, you must constantly communicate, enforce and reinforce your vision to the hearts of those around you so that nobody comes up with a second vision. Whenever there are two visions, there is division. Any person with two heads is a monster.
Both the male and female Eagle sit on the eggs because their vision is one; to produce eaglets. When the eggs hatch, the Eagle spends time with the eaglets, encouraging and showing them the system of Eagles. But when they have grown their feathers and their wings are strong enough, the eaglets still don’t want to fly. Eagles were born to fly but they are afraid of flight and so they decide to stay in the nest.
It is the same thing that happens with us. We were born with dreams and visions, but we fear failure, or of losing friends when we become successful, or of working too hard to fulfill our dreams, or that it will take us a lot of time to fulfill our dreams. Even if you are afraid to start, you were meant to fly.
7. Eagles find a place of renewal
An Eagle grows old and dies, but when he grows old, he finds a quiet place in the mountain high in the cleft. He takes off his feathers with his beak and spreads them on the rock. Bleeding, he stays in the cold of the mountain, quiet and alone waiting for his feathers to grow again. When they grow back, he resurfaces with new feathers and with new strength.