7 Highly Effective Habits of Eagles

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Eagles. For centuries, these seemingly larger-than-life birds have fascinated and inspired us with brilliant leadership characteristics. When eagles come to mind, people commonly imagine some enormous hunter soaring above wide-open spaces on outsized wings. Indeed, eagles are among the world’s largest birds of prey. We venerate them as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence. In some religions, high-soaring eagles are believed to touch the face of God. Legend holds that Mexico’s Aztecs so revered the birds that they built Tenochtitlan, their capital, at the spot where an eagle perched on a cactus.

Man for many years have taken Eagles as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace. What makes this bird so important and symbolic to humanity is its characteristics. Seven important characteristics of eagle has been closely associated to leadership and is widely researched and the facts accepted globally.

  1. Eagles Flock Together. When they mix with other birds, they are there to find something to eat and then take off. – As the old saying goes, “Birds of like feathers flock together.” Eagles do not mix with other birds but only enjoy flying at their high altitude. It is this characteristic that makes eagles unique birds. 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 territory. 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 cherish. Successful leaders are fearless. They face problems heard on.
  2. Eagles See a Long Distance Prey or Enemy – Eagles have strong vision, so they can identify their prey and focus on it until they get 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. 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 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 miles away. Does this characteristic ring a bell in your mind? We are  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 president. Everyone must have a vision that guides and leads his team towards the organization’s or societal goals. The vision must be big and focused. A big, focused vision will produce big results.
  3. Eagles Do Not Eat Dead Things. – Eagles never consume dead things, but vultures do. 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 make less noise waiting for opportunities 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 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 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 are able to do this because God has created them uniquely with an ability to lock their wings in a fixed position in the midst of the fierce storm winds. 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 or she takes up the challenges head on without running away from it. Yet, another leadership characteristics.
  5. Eagles Test Before Trusting – The female eagle during courtship always takes a male eagle into the air after picking up a twig from the ground and dropping it from a certain height for the male to chase it. Once the male catches hold of it and brings back, the female flies into a higher altitude and drops it in the same way. This is repeated until the female gets an assurance 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 father and the mother eagle mate for life. They also work together as parents.  On this note, believe this or not. Eagles are known for their aggression. They are absolutely ferocious aren’t they? Anyone 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 happens. 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 directing.
  6. Eagles Train Their Children to Maturity – Eagles always build their nests on high places where enemies cannot easily reach. God always by His sovereign power sets his weak and lowly in mind children’s in high places far above the reach of the enemy (Matt 5:3-4; Job 5:11; Ps 91:14). A male eagle picks up thorns and lays them on the cliff as an outer shell of protection, and then it brings twigs to form another layer over it for ruggedness and agility. Again it places a layer of thorns over it to prevent enemies penetrating it, and then places a layer of soft-grass just before the inner most layer. The finishing touches for the nest are completed using its feathers placed over the outermost layers of rugs.
  7. Eagles Retire Until New Feathers Grow – When eagles get older and weak because of worn out feathers, which slow down flight speed and maneuvers, the eagles retire away in the rocks and will pluck all their old feathers until it is completely bare. It waits until a new set of feather grows and comes out of his body. It stays in the hiding place until all the new feathers comes back to make it fly dynamically and royally again without much effort or toil. 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 survive. What is really interesting is that the eagle never gives up living, 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 years. 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 “checks and balances” of their personal and professional lives and make an effort to learn new things every day.

These are highly effective habits of Eagles. May we all live royally as eagles and soar in our faith for the glory of God in our end time generation and in the process, help fix the counties in our respective States and Countries!

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  1. No. 4 holds great meaning for me. I had a special dream as a girl. I flew so, so high. I said I flew bc Jesus gave me the ability. I refused to get the belt that had the mark of the devil everyone was forced to buy. And I soared to the top of a wall. Fastforward to age 17. Broken and beaten, I surrendered to Jesus. The speaker at the retreat said what you described of eagles in the storm based on this verse:

    You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Ex 19.4.

    And I remembered the dream.

    I’ll be revisiting this page. Thank you for the follow. I hope you’re blessed from my work.

    Diana

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  4. A wonderful Post pgcpsmess, amazing facts, I’m not like the Eagle but I soar like one Spiritually at times, when I’m hurting I express it , when I’m bubbling over with Joy I express this too and I don’t want to soar alone, first I want Jesus with me always and than to be with those who Love Him too, I want to share with everyone the freedom we have in Jesus so they will not just eat left overs but the banquet that we can all have, not just when we die but now too.

    Isaiah 40: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  5. pgcpsmess in my years of creating and receiving E-mails and Power points, mostly I Blog now, I discovered much error in what I received and sadly without realizing it I passed this on to others but than I started checking the facts presented and some proved to be false. I always checked on more than one website and with other media because on the Internet they often copy each other so we need to be careful what we believe.

    Christian Love – Anne

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  11. Great article and wonderful pictures I enjoyed it very much.
    PS thank you for visiting my poetry site. I have also launched a second site which will now appear if you drop down the menu on the left-hand side of my homepage and choose blog..
    I look forward to seeing more of your posts.
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  14. On my way to normal hustle…..I was discouraged n almost lost hope not until I heard about these amazing facts about the eagles…… I feel so powered n regained my full strength…. this has really made my day….

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  15. The story about eagles has helped me alot. I had challenges in life but am helped.
    This has made me to repent because I murmured & complained. Now I have learned to sore in the storm by the help of the wind of the storm ie to adjust & learn more from the problem inorder to get solutions.
    God help me for am Your.

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  17. love this. been researching on awesome eagle characteristics to share with my friends. please can somebody let me know if this 4 things are true: 1) the twig testing is also to give assurance that if an eaglet fall (during fly training or anytime) the mate will be ready to catch it; 2) eagles have very keen eyesight and rarely miss thier prey, but when they do, do they pluck out their feathurs,beak and talon to redeem themselves, apart from the main reason of getting old; 3)do they have double lense that enable them to fly into the sun to loose their predator if they are attacked?. thanks

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  18. ” Eagles have inspired me to paint (oil), write poetry, think courageously and act calmly in the midst of conflict and stress. I am a widow: so I value the “mate for life” loyalty of the eagle. Many people can look to this American symbol of power, freedom and grace under pressure. Life is a gift and can be beautiful if we choose to live and soar as the eagle.”
    Jean N. Rances
    Cherry Hill, NJ

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    • I am a university professor, and when the class is starting to get a bit listless…I talk about the characteristics of the eagle; importantly, I tell them to go online and check facts on the 7 Highly Effective Habits of the Eagle. Then, without fail, with renewed energy, the class listens intently, smiles at some points, and paraphrases so beautifully their understanding of the noble and wise ways of the eagle. At Widener University in Chester, PA (my day students) and at the University of Pennsylvania (evening students) where I teach Research and Composition to nurses, I get the most exhilarating responses about the eagle and its instinctively noble ways that correspond to human life. Thus, at the Widener University Art Competition, I painted, “The Eagle in its Flight”….and won, and my entry was displayed, at the University Art Gallery;
      my students loved the connection of my class lectures (about the eagle) and the oil painting ( displayed at the gallery).

      The eagle is my inspiration and my guide in life whenever life gets so discouraging, defeating, and difficult. Many of my university students echo the same feeling and response to the eagle characteristics for some “uplifting energy,” as they tell me.

      Dr. Jean Rances

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      • I like that method you improvised in your class.
        After I read this article,I was inspired to write a poem on it.You can click on this blog to view it.Please give me response after you have done it through my email.adedotun812@gmail.com. Send your comment.Thanks in anticipation Dr.

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      • I like that method you improvised in your class.
        After I read this article,I was inspired to write a poem on it which contradicts to others’ view.You can click on this blog to view it.Please give me response after you have done it through my email.adedotun812@gmail.com. Send your comment.Thanks in anticipation My Professor.

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  19. Awesome article. Eagles riding on storms took my heart to Jesus walking on the sea. To me , this means no matter the challenges we face, we should always ride upon it to our destination. Jesus assured us that like the Eagle when we pass through the storms he’ll be with us. God bless you.

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  20. Really liked the information about eagles, even in THE HINDU PURANAS , It played a pivotal role. Everyone has to develop it’s qualities to GROW in life. Thank you once again for the info.

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  21. Your lofty outlook on/of the sagacious eagle, as a family bird and quite different from an ordinary bird, was wonderful. While reading this, I gained fascination and inspiration, with yet, another creature to study and learn about. Thanks for sharing. After reading this, I had an urge to shout AMEN!

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  23. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and much like all others, before me, found the eagle and it’s habits, very interesting.
    The way this article has been presented, has been interesting, informative, and, inspirational the way the author made reference, to God and bible scripture. There is scripture in the bible that I love very much: Job: 38- 42. It is because if these chapters in the bible that prompted me to research up on the eagle and hence came upon this article. It is beautifully written and gave me all the information of the eagle that I desired to know. Thank you.

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  25. I think this will resin ate with my soul forever …it brings tears to my eyes that these Noble c
    Birds are ..so solitary but beautiful in flight in raising their offspring ..in fighting for their survival ..God Bless America. .God Bless The Eagle

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  26. Tremendous Facts !!!!
    I would love to steal the most impressive and encouraging line *Great leaders are the ones that always do “checks and balances” of their personal and professional lives and make an effort to learn new things every day*

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  27. This is awesome I have enjoyed the habits of the eagle on this site. I love the eagle I have its picture in my logo, this sentence as blown my mind ” a big, focused vision will produce big results”

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  29. For real and for sure God is awesome. I remember few days ago I was at church then our Bishop was teaching how young men to live like an Eagle lives. As we see in Isaiah 40:30,
    Thereafter I developed a desire to know more about the life of Eagle. Of course this page gave me new thing that will encourage me in my life. I thank my God for giving understanding of English language.

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  30. Recently, i had a meeting with my pastor, and we outlined the qualities of an eagle; i’m working on courage. As leaders, we have to give godly xample.
    The Bible say ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and of sound mind”

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  31. This bird is so amazing, after reading about this bird, lets me know that I’ve had the same characteristics and important roles all along throughout my entire life. This has giving more motivation and to be dedicated to whatever it is God has for me. : ))

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  32. I love this”Eagles Dont Eat delad Meat but always get fresh Flesh, are not intimitaded by anything not exceeding Its size or Weight, only move with eagles in heights and dont mingle with Interiors, have 10times more sightseeing than man, Even in greatest heights and spreds,can touch down in à blink of an eye(swift ,Aguilera and flexible)
    Eagle retreat to plan,shelve off usesle feathers and weight to grow new stronger ones.

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  33. oh what an exposition. Man of God. Keep it up. May you be used in this Endtimes to decrease the populaiom of Hell and increase the populatuon of Heaven. Amen

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  36. I learnt alot from this article.It gave me inspiration which made me to write a poem on it.The amazing fact is that I didn’t write inline with others’ view but make use of this bird as an image of our leaders.Click on this blog to get the poem Adedotun Adedoyin.blogspot.com.Thanks in anticipation

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  37. Thanks a lot, this is so wonderful. I want you to please make some comparisons between the Ravens and the Eagles.

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  38. So informative. while doing devotion from the book ‘Prayer Rain’- living The Mountain Top Life, the focus on Eagles led me to further research and discovering this article. I was blessed and will be returning to read again

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