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The Lessons We Can Learn From Eagles to Inspire and Encourage Us
Eagles. For centuries, these relatively larger-than-life birds have fascinated and inspired us with fantastic leadership qualities. When eagles enter your mind, people commonly imagine some huge predator soaring over wide-open spaces on outstretched wings. Certainly, eagles are amongst the world’s biggest birds of prey. We venerate them as living signs of power, flexibility, and transcendence. In some religious beliefs, high-soaring eagles are thought to touch the face of God. Legend holds that Mexico’s Aztecs so admired the birds that they built Tenochtitlan, their capital, at the spot where an eagle rested on a cactus. The eagle on a cactus features on Mexico’s flag to this day.
Mankind has for centuries seen Eagles as a sign of beauty, bravery, guts, honour, pride, determination and grace. What makes this bird so important and symbolic to humankind is it’s qualities. 7 important characteristics of eagles are closely associated with leadership which have been widely researched and accepted worldwide.
Practice 1) Eagles act as a community working together. When they mix with other birds, they work with them to find something to eat and after that fly they fly away. – As the old saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Eagles don’t mix with other birds when flying at their high altitude. Eagles stick together and help each other, they are all about mutual encouragement. This encouragement and community focus lifts them up just as living and working like this can do for us. An eagle will never succumb to the strength or stamina of it’s prey. It will always fight to win against it’s prey or defend it’s territory. The Golden Eagle displays remarkable hunting skills, and has been known to prey on goats much bigger than itself and then toss them off a high cliff face. Regardless of the size of your enemy a true leader would confront them without regard for their own safety. It would also never dawn on a leader to hesitate because their instinct is to protect that which they love and treasure. Effective leaders are fearless. The problems they face are tackled head on. An enemy here can be taken metaphorically to represent a problem, issue or spiritual enemy.
Practice 2) Eagles have strong vision, so they can identify their victim from a long way away and concentrate on it until they have taken it. At the exact same time, an eagle can see it’s opponent from afar, such as a snake attempting to slip into its nest to steal it’s eggs or to eliminate it’s young. But the solid vision of eagles watches its enemies far from its nest. If you ever happen to see an eagle resting high over the tree or high cliff of a rigid hill, watch closely and see how attentive the bird is. The body rests still and the head will be tilted side to side to observe what is happening below, around and above it
Also if it’s flying nearby, you can observe how keen it’s eyes are looking for its victim. Eagles have an eager vision. Their eyes are specially designed for far away focus and clarity. They can spot another eagle flying from 50 miles away.
The point here is that it is vital to have vision and this vision must not be short-term or short-sighted, it must look far into the distance, into the future, planning and anticipating the future with a solid plan in place to meet future times and events.
Practice 3) Eagles Do Not eat already dead animals, but vultures do. Eagles can fly up to an elevation of 10,000 feet, but they have the ability to quickly arrive at ground level. At 10,000 feet, you’ll never ever find another bird an eagle does not hang around high in the sky with other species of bird. An eagle does not mingle about with the pigeons.
Pigeons scavenge on the ground and grumble and complain all day. Eagles do not; They fly almost silently waiting for opportunities to strike their next victim or move with the winds currents. Great leaders are problem solvers. They do not grumble like the pigeons do. They love to take on challenges as an eagle does when the storm comes.
Practice 4) Eagles are birds that love the storm. When all other birds attempt to leave the storm and hide from its fierceness, eagles fly into it and will use the wind of the storm to rise higher in a matter of minutes. They use the stress of the storm to move higher without needing to use their own energy. They have the ability to do this because God has created them uniquely with an capability to lock their wings in a fixed position during the intense storm winds. We face many challenges in life. These are the storms we must face as leaders or as individuals to rise to greater heights. Like an eagle, a man or woman can only rise to greater heights if he or she takes up challenges directly without running away from them. The most effective way to do this is to be in community with like-minded fully supportive friends who are like a mastermind group or support group with encouragement as their cornerstone.
Practice 5) Eagles Test Before Relying on – The female eagle throughout courtship constantly takes a man eagle into the air after getting a twig from the ground and dropping it from a specific elevation for the man to chase after it. Once the man captures hold of it and brings back, the female flies into a greater elevation and drops it similarly. This is duplicated until the female obtains an guarantee that the man has mastered the art of seriously getting the branches in real love and affection. Once they obtain connected in trust, the dad and the mom eagle companion forever. They also collaborate as moms and dads. On this keep in mind, think this or otherwise. Eagles are known for their aggression. They are definitely relentless aren\’t they? Anybody that does not have a total knowledge of this great bird will say yes. What is more impressive with this bird is their capability to support their children. Research has shown that no participant of the bird family is more gentle and attentive to it’s children compared to the eagles. This is how it happens. When the mom eagle sees that time has come for it to instruct the eaglets to fly, she gathers an eaglet into her back, and spreading her wings, flies high. All of a sudden she swoops out of under the eaglet and allows it to fall. As it drops, it slowly learns what it’s wings are for until the mom captures it once again. The process is duplicated. If the young is slow to learn or cowardly, she returns it to the nest, and begins to tear it apart, until there’s absolutely nothing left for the eaglet to cling to. After that she nudges him off the high cliff. Real leaders are not managers. They expand with their people. They aim to create people in the company or culture expand to their complete capability. They instruct and guide much like the mom eagle does. They never ever stop giving challenges but never give-up equipping and directing.
Practice 6) Eagles Educate Their Children to Maturation – Eagles constantly develop their nests over places where opponents can’t easily reach. God constantly by His sovereign power sets his weak and lowly in mind children’s in high places much over the get to of the opponent (Matt 5:3-4; Job 5:11; Ps 91:14). A man eagle picks up thorns and lays them on the high cliff as an external covering of protection, and after that it brings branches to form another layer over it for ruggedness and agility. Once again it places a layer of thorns over it to prevent enemies penetrating it, and after that places a layer of soft-grass right before the internal most layer. The complements for the nest are finished using it’s feathers put over the outer layers of carpets.
Practice 7) Eagles Retire Until New Feathers Expand – When eagles age and weak because of worn feathers, which decrease trip speed and maneuvers, the eagles retire away in the rocks and will pluck all their old feathers until it’s totally bare. It waits until a brand-new set of feather expands and appears of his body. It stays in the concealing place until all the new feathers returns to create it fly dynamically and royally once again without a lot initiative or labor. This happens at about the age of 30. What happens is that when the eagles get to the age of 30, their physical body problem weakens fast production it challenging for them to survive. What is truly fascinating is that the eagle never ever gives up living, rather he eagle resorts to a mountaintop and over a 5 month duration undergoes a metamorphosis. It knocks off it’s own beak by knocking it versus a shake, plucks out it’s talons and after that feathers. Each phase creates a regrowth of the removed body components, enabling the eagle to live for another 30 – 40 years. There are times in your life as a leader that you must recall and take stock of your life. The great and the bad experiences you have been through as a leader. Are you maintaining in pattern with the present knowledge pattern? Do you need to improve your certain locations in your life as a leader? Great leaders are the ones that constantly do “inspects and balances” of their individual and professional lives and make an initiative to learn new things daily.
These are highly effective habits of Eagles. May all of us live royally as eagles and soar in our belief for the magnificence of God in our finish time generation and at the same time, help fix the counties in our particular Specifies and Countries!