Good leaders are made, they are not born. If you have the willpower and desire then you can become an effective leader. Just know yourself and seek self-improvement. Good leaders develop through the never ending process of self-study, training and experience. Below are the seven principles to learn from an eagle:
1. Eagles fly alone and at High Altitudes.
Eagles don’t fly with sparrows, ravens, and other small birds.
Interpretation: Stay away from narrow-minded people, those that bring you down. Eagle flies with Eagles. Keep good company.
Corporate Interpretation: In your work place, choose mentors based on your goals. Work closely with peers and colleagues who motivate you and bring you up. Healthy competition and team work create happiness in the workplace.
2. Eagles have an Accurate Vision.
They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5km away. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Interpretation: Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles and you will succeed.
Corporate Interpretation: It has been proven that individuals that set their own goals and track them, stay more focused than those who don’t. So definitely, setting up goals will keep you motivated but people who align their goals with the organization goals, rise the ladder of success in organization faster than others.
3. Eagles do not Eat Dead things. They Feed only on Fresh Prey.
Interpretation: Do not rely on your past success, keep looking for new frontiers to conquer. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past.
Corporate Interpretation: Keep learning new things and accept new challenges. Don’t think about the mistakes that you have done in the past. Focus on your new projects and give your best performance in the future for organization’s success.
4. Eagles Love the Storm.
When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited, the eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree.
Interpretation: Face your challenges head on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges, rather they relish them and use them profitably.
Corporate Interpretation: Not all projects you are assigned on will be perfect match of what you know so take this as an opportunity to enhance your skills. Accept new challenges every day. Take time to mentor others.
5. When a Female Eagle meets a Male Eagle and they want to mate.
She flies down to earth, picks a twig and flies back into the air with the male eagle in hot pursuit. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she drops the twig and let it fall to the ground while she watches. The male eagle chases after the twig and catches it before it reached the ground, then brings it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude and drop the twig again for the male eagle to chase. This goes on for hours with the height increasing each time until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then will she allow him to mate with her.
Interpretation: Whether in private life or business, one should test the commitment of the people intended for partnership.
Corporate Interpretation: Strong organizations are strong because of their people – employees, partners or stakeholders. pillars. Each role in the organization is important, so is each team member which makes it imperative to hire the best people in the industry.
6. Eagles Prepare for Training.
They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually flies when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest.
Interpretation: Leave your Comfort Zone, there is No Growth There.
Corporate Interpretation: Don’t shy away from the difficulties. Accept the challenges to achieve the success. Motivate yourself and others to perform well in hard situations. When employees or co-workers lose their ambitions and passions, then only a true leader can energize and motivate them.
7. When the Eagle Grows Old.
His feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before
Interpretation: We occasionally need to shed off old habits no matter how difficult, things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go of.
Corporate Interpretation: Leave your old habits and try to imbibe new habits. Things that are making you weak let go of them. Achieve the success with new skills.