Your Team Building Business and the 7 Attributes Of Eagles

What You can Learn from Eagles and their Behaviour.

As an international team building entrepreneur you’ll want to learn about the qualities and characteristics displayed by eagles. These might be of interest to you as a lifestyle team building business entrepreneur and for the leadership inspiration for your team.

For centuries, eagles have fascinated and inspired humans as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence. In some religions, high-soaring eagles are believed to touch the face of God.

Eagles are also seen as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace. What makes this bird so important and symbolic to humanity are its characteristics. Eagles are regarded as inspirational for leadership attributes that we can apply to starting and building our own international team-building businesses.

1. Eagles Flock Together

Even though the old saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together,” eagles don’t mix with other birds. Eagles soar high into the sky and that makes them unique. An eagle will never surrender to the size or strength of its prey. It will always fight to win its prey or regain its territory.

An eagle will fearlessly prey on a goat, much larger than itself by throwing the goat off the cliff face.

Just like the eagle, successful leaders are fearless. They face problems head on.


2. Eagles See their Prey or Enemy a Long Way into the Distance

Eagles have strong vision, so they can identify their prey and focus on it until they capture it. At the same time, an eagle can see its enemy from afar, such as snakes trying to sneak in to its nest to steal its egg or to kill its young. Though eagles build their nests on high rocks and places, snakes have a tendency and ability to climb to them. But the strong vision of eagles keeps the enemies away from its nest.

Whenever you see an eagle sitting high above a tree or cliff, watch closely and notice just how attentive the eagle is. Its body is still while its head will be tilted side to side to observe 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 kilometres away.
Have you noticed that an important leader has a clear vision?

Every great leader has a vision that guides and leads his team towards the organisation’s or societal goals. The vision must be big and focused. A big, focused vision will produce big results.

When you have a clear vision for your team building business, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.

3. Eagles Don’t Eat Dead Things

Eagles never consume dead things, but vultures do.

Eagles can fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet, but they can also quickly land on the ground.

You won’t find other species of birds that can fly that high.

An eagle doesn’t mingle with the pigeons. Pigeons scavenge on the ground and grumble and complain all day long.

Eagles fly and soar high in the sky. They are quiet and look for opportunities to strike their next prey or glide with the thermals.

Great business leaders are problem solvers. They don’t complain like the pigeons do. They love to take challenges as the eagle does when the storm comes.

4. Eagles Love the Storm

Eagles are the only birds that love the storm. When all other birds try to flee from 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 seconds. They use the pressure of the storm to glide higher without having to use their own energy. They have a unique ability to lock their wings in a fixed position in the midst of the fierce storm winds.

A leader and businessperson will face many challenges. These are the storms we as lifestyle entrepreneurs must face in order to rise to greater heights. Like an eagle, a team building entrepreneur will only rise to greater heights if he or she faces the challenges head on without running away.

5. Eagles Test Before Trusting

As part of the courtship routine, a female eagle will pick up a stick from the ground and take a male eagle into the air and drop the stick from a certain height for the male to chase. Once the male catches the stick and brings it back to the female eagle, she flies to a higher altitude and drops it in the same way. This is repeated until the female is assured that the male has mastered the art of seriously picking up the twigs in real love and affection. Once they get hooked up in trust, the male and female eagle mate for life. They also work together as parents.

While eagles are known to be ferocious hunters, they are also gentle, attentive nurturers of their young.

When the mother eagle decides that it’s time to teach the eaglets to fly, she’ll gather an eaglet onto her back, spread her wings, and fly high. Without warning, she’ll swoop out from under the eaglet and allow 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 eaglet is slow to learn or cowardly, the mother eagle returns it to the nest, and begins to tear the nest apart, until there’s nothing left for the eaglet to cling to. Then she’ll nudge the eaglet off the cliff.

True business leaders are not bosses. They grow with their people. They strive to make individuals in the organization or society grow to their highest ability. They teach and guide just like the mother eagle does. They provide challenges and continue to empower and direct their team.

6. Eagles Train Their Children to Maturity

Eagles always build their nests on high places where enemies cannot easily reach.

A male eagle picks up thorns and lays them on the cliff as an outer shell of protection. Then it brings twigs to form another layer over it for ruggedness. Another layer of thorns helps to prevent enemies penetrating the nest.

Then the eagle places a layer of soft-grass just before the innermost layer. The finishing touches for the nest are completed using its feathers as the final layer.

7. Eagles Retire Until New Feathers Grow

When an eagle becomes old and weak because its feathers are worn out, and they slow down its flight speed and manoeuvres, an eagle will retire away in the rocks and pluck all its old feathers out until it is completely bare.

It then waits until a new set of feathers regrow. It stays in its hiding place until the new feathers allow it to fly dynamically and once again. This happens at about the age of 30.

When eagles reach the age of 30, their physical body condition deteriorates making it difficult for them to survive. What is really interesting though is that the eagle never gives up living. Instead the 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 its feathers. Each stage produces a regrowth of the removed body parts, allowing the eagle to live for another 30 – 40 years.

There are times in your life as a business leader that you must reflect and take stock of your life and your team building business.

You need to ask yourself whether there are new skills that you need to learn. Do you need to innovate more in your business? What can you do to become more efficient and productive? Do you need to upgrade your knowledge in certain areas? Do you need to become a better team builder and business leader?

Great leaders always seek to improve their personal and professional lives and make an effort to learn new things every day.

For another perspective on the behaviour of eagles and to discover 3 more characteristics of eagles which you can apply to building and developing you own online team building business, watch this video:

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