7 Leadership Characteristics of the Eagle   Leave a comment

The 7 Characteristics
1. Eagle Have Vision
If you ever happen to see
an eagle sitting high
above the tree or cliff of a
stiff mountain, watch
closely and see how
attentive the bird is. The
body sits still and the head
will be tilted side to side
to observed what is
happening below, around
and above it. Even if its
flying close by, you can
observe how keen its eyes
are looking for its prey.
Eagles have a keen vision.
Their eyes are specially
designed for long distance
focus and clarity. They can
spot another eagle soaring
from 50 miles away.
Does this characteristic
ring a bell in your mind? I
am sure it does. Look at
great leaders of this world
who have come and
gone.There are many
great leaders that came
and went but one
characteristic that is
common in all is “Vision”.
Vision is a successful
leadership characteristic
Take for Abraham Lincoln
for example. Abraham,
Lincoln, the 16th president
of the United States,
guided his country
through the most
devastating experience in
its national history, the
Civil War. He had a vision,
to save the union and free
the slaves. He is
considered by many
historians to have been
the greatest American
You must have a vision
that guides and leads your
team towards the
organization’s or societal
goals. The vision must be
big and focused. A big,
focused vision will
produce big results.
Fearless Eagle
2. Eagles are fearless
An eagle will never
surrender to the size or
strength of its prey. It will
always give a fight to win
its prey or regain its
Go over and watch the
video on how the Golden
Eagle displays remarkable
hunting strategy, preying
on goats much larger than
itself by throwing them
off the cliff face.
No matter what the size of
that person or what
weapon they maybe
holding, you would attack
them without thought or
regard for yourself. It
wouldn’t even dawn on
you to be afraid because
your instinct is to protect
that which you love and
Successful leaders are
fearless. They face
problems heard on.
Tenacious Eagle
3. Eagles are Tenacious
Watch an eagle when a
storm comes. When other
birds fly away from the
storm with fear, an eagle
spreads its mighty wings
and uses the current to
soar to greater heights.
The eagle takes advantage
of the very storm that
lesser birds fear and head
for cover.
Challenges in the life of a
leader are many. These are
the storm we must face as
leaders to rise to greater
heights. Like an eagle, a
leader can only rise to
greater heights if he takes
up the challenges head on
without running away
from it. Yet, another
leadership characteristics
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Eagle flying high
Source: Flickr
4. Eagles are High Flyers
Eagles can fly up to an
altitude of 10,000 feet, but
they are able to swiftly
land on the ground. At 10,
000 feet, you will never
find another bird. If you
find another bird, it has to
be an eagle according to
Dr, Myles Munroe.
An eagle doesn’t mingle
around with the pigeons.
It is Dr. Myles Munroe who
said that. Pigeons
scavenge on the ground
and grumble and
complain all day long.
Eagles are not. They fly
and and make less noise
waiting for opportunties
to strike their next prey or
glide with the current of
the storm.
Great leaders are problem
solvers. They don’t
complain like the pigeons
do. They love to take
challenges as the eagle
does when the storm
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Eagle eating raw and fresh
Source: Flickr
5. Eagles Never Eat Dead
An eagle never eats dead
meat. In other words, an
eagle does not scavenge.
It only eats the meat from
the prey it kills itself. What
a great act of true
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
brings change into the
society. They are lively and
active people. Go out and
look for them.
According to Tony Buzan,
a proponent of the
techniques of Mind
Mapping and mental
literacy, these type of
people are called change
thinkers and change
They is a saying that goes
like this, “People you hang
around with and the
books you read eventually
determines the person
you become”
They you go.
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inventor of Mind
Mapping. Visit this site
to know more about
mind mapping to
nourish your personal
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6. Eagles posses Vitality
Eagles are full of life and
visionary but hey have
they find time to look
back at their life and re-
energies themselves. This
happens at about the age
of 30. What happens is
that when the eagles
reach the age of 30, their
physical body condition
deteriorates fast making it
difficult for them to
What is really interesting
is that the eagle never
gives up leaving. instead
he eagle retreats to a
mountaintop and over a
five month period goes
through a metamorphosis.
It knocks off its own beak
by banging it against a
rock, plucks out its talons
and then feathers. Each
stage produces a regrowth
of the removed body
parts, allowing the eagle
to live for another 30 – 40
There are times in your life
as a leader that you must
look back and take stock
of your life. The good and
the bad experiences you
have been through as a
leader. Are you keeping in
trend with the current
knowledge trend? Do you
need to improve your
certain areas in your life as
a leader?
Great leaders are the ones
that always do “check and
balance”of their personal
and professional lives and
make an effort to learn
things every day.
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Nurturing eagle
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7. Eagles Nurture their
younger ones
Believe this or not. Eagles
are know for their
aggression. They are
absolutely ferocious aren’t
they? Any one who
doesn’t have a total
knowledge of this great
bird will say yes. What is
more astonishing with this
bird is their ability to
nurture their young ones.
Research has shown that
no member of the bird
family is more gentle and
attentive to its young
ones than the eagles.
This is how it happnens.
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.
True leaders are not
bosses. They grow with
their people. They strive to
make individuals in the
organization or society
grow to their full ability.
They teach and guide just
like the mother eagle
does. They never stop
giving challenges but
never give-up
empowering and
If you learnt something
from this hub, let me
know by commenting in
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Posted October 19, 2012 by Fammeya Yelebe in Life, Self Improvement

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