What Makes a Leader Different? A Look at the Eagle

eagleHave you seen an eagle sitting on a tree or in a high cliff? Noticed how attentive this bird is to the surrounding? Eagles are known for their sharp vision and focus. Not only that like leaders, you find them one at a time and they do not flock.

Average people want easy routes for everything but leaders find challenges as opportunity to shine! Leaders find adventure in challenges and take these as an opportunity to show the tail light to those who follow them. I remember one of our very good family friends and my mentor in business said, “Everybody goes through challenges when they arrive, but a leader grows through it.” That attribute of an Eagle is what I found very fascinating. I compare challenges with the stormy weather where all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees for safety. In case of storm, the Eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagles uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. What a powerful way to use the power of storm in it’s favor to touch new heights!

While these traits of an Eagle is good enough a reason to compare them with leaders, what I found is, eagles really are not found in a flock. We find them one at a time flying at very high altitude. Just inline with what is leadership development is all about, we don’t find people with leadership abilities and integrity in character in bunch. We find them one at a time and they just don’t show up, we need to look out for them; we need to keep the search ON and once in awhile we find one!