How are good leadership skills related to the characteristics of an eagle?
Facilities managers have a lot to learn from the qualities of this mighty bird. Remember, leadership comes with experience and we all start off needing to learn from both our failures and successes. Thinking like an eagle may be just what you need to let your good leadership characteristics begin to flourish.
FIRST OFF, WHAT IS GOOD LEADERSHIP?Leadership is multifaceted and comes in many forms. On paper, it may look like your manager who guides you through orientation and sets you up with certain tasks. However, good leadership is much more than just being in charge and showing someone the ropes. It’s about making sure the people around them feel secure, uplifted and inspired. Easier said than done. There are opportunities to positively influence others and take on leadership roles, no matter the role you have at work. Others will see your eagle-like qualities and admire you. One example is the classic worker who starts at the bottom and gradually works their way up by acquiring more responsibilities, earning leadership and showing everyone around them of all they are capable of.
NATURAL INTUITION AND DRIVE TO BE A LEADERThere are undoubtedly several ‘mystical’ or ‘intangible’ qualities that leaders seem to effortlessly harness and use to inspire others. We’re talking about that magic element of belief that helps lead the pack to victory. It’s that power that inspires others and sparks a belief that ‘Yes! I can do this!’ This intuition can be mobilized in anyone, but it takes hard work to uncover the confidence and energy to let this quality shine. Not everyone enjoys the spotlight, until they peel away the layers and other fears that may be holding them back. Just think of any famous leaders in history – they effortlessly inspired others, they had a magnetic pull. Perhaps this can begin to be harnessed once we start to ‘think like an eagle’. Luckily we have the tips and tricks listed here to get you started!
CAN LEADERSHIP BE CRAFTED, OR ARE YOU BORN WITH IT?Fret not, leadership is a skill that can be refined overtime. There are countless workshops and courses offered all over the world that focus on developing the qualities of a good leader. This is done for the benefit of teams and organizations worldwide! Everyone is seeking more efficiency within their teams, and it’s been found that happier people – those who feel secure and motivated in their job – perform better. Who would have thought? Developing the qualities of a good leader can start with small steps, such as reading this post.
THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADERSHIP AND THE LINK TO TEAM PERFORMANCE
Fret not, leadership is a skill that can be refined overtime. There are countless workshops and courses offered all over the world that focus on developing the qualities of a good leader. This is done for the benefit of teams and organizations worldwide! Everyone is seeking more efficiency within their teams, and it’s been found that happier people – those who feel secure and motivated in their job – perform better. Who would have thought? Developing the qualities of a good leader can start with small steps, such as reading this post.
There is no denying the value of safety in the workplace. This can be a difficult concept to visualize or measure especially in the industrial cleaning sector where the workplace is dynamic and ever-changing. One thing that we can begin to conceptualize are good leadership qualities. We can link this to the characteristics of the mighty Eagle. Who doesn’t want to emulate one of the most amazing creatures on Earth?
Why trust an Eagle? Well for one, they’ve been around for a while, can survive in the wild and have excellent eyesight. In all seriousness, let’s dive in to the good leadership qualities we all desire, eagle-style:
- EAGLES HAVE VISION: Like most birds, eagles have great vision. So much so that they can see up to 50 miles (80 meters) away. Are they ever frantic or panicked? No. They observe and wait, in a very stoic manner. They know what to look out for because in sense, they have nothing to worry about. They are at peace with where they are and can come to a solution if needed after some reflection.Although some great leaders of the past have no doubt worn glasses, it’s all about this good leadership quality of good vision. As leaders stay focused and calm, a solution will come. There is no point in rushing decisions, as this will produce poor results with wasted effort.
- EAGLES DO NOT LIVE IN FEAR: Whatever eagles are faced with, they don’t back down. A storm hits? They don’t back down. Another bird infringes on its territory? They fight back. They have no doubt in protecting what’s rightfully theirs.Although leaders are human and therefore are at the mercy of emotions – just the rest of us – leaders allow emotions to simply pass by. There is no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ emotion, just like there’s no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ number. It’s all about how we choose to react, and how much we hold on to the problem or emotion at hand. Good leadership means letting emotions come up as an indicator that something isn’t quite right here, and then having the capacity to do something about it. It means not being paralyzed by fear but instead learning to pass through it with your team. Good leadership means not letting your emotions take away your power, but rather taking a lesson from the situation and coming out stronger.
- EAGLES KNOW WHERE THEY BELONG: AT THE TOP: An eagle can fly at a record breaking altitude of 10,000 feet. From up there, they watch carefully and can patiently devise their next, calculated move. This great predator has few natural predators since they are the top of the food chain. Life isn’t always easy for these majestic birds though: there is less than a 50 percent chance of reaching adulthood. That’s quite the statistic. What’s more, some areas in North America have undertaken important conservation work to protect the habitat of this species since it has been at risk of declining due to climate change and other human impacts. Pretty much, the odds may be against the eagle, but it still stands proudly at the top, where it belongs.A good leader doesn’t back down, even if the odds aren’t looking great. Whatever the circumstance they are in, a good leader is always prepared for better, and for worse. The world can be cruel and tough but if there is a will, there’s a way. A good leader isn’t afraid to ask for help, and doesn’t see this as a weakness.
- EAGLES CAN BE SOFT AND NURTURING: Eagles are top predators, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any soft spots (besides their feathers of course). Eagles are very attentive parents – some research points to them being one of the gentlest birds when related to their young. For about the first two months, baby eagles will watch their parents fly and copy their actions by hoping around branches and flapping their wings to build strength. Parents then gently encourage them to catch a current of wind and start levitating only when they are ready.Good leadership means being aware of their employee’s skills and how comfortable they may be with the task at hand. It also means never forcing anyone to do something outside the scope of health and safety.Good leadership means creating time for those ‘face to face’ meetings where you can openly ask, ‘How’s everything going, really?’ The continuous evaluation of risks and adjusting safe work procedures is extremely important, as is offering support for training. Good leadership means never forgetting the human aspect. With people getting replaced with machines and robots at an alarming rate, it’s important to keep that human connection strong where possible. Appreciate the work people are doing while keeping them safe will only lead to higher satisfaction and efficiency overall.
- EAGLES GET THROUGH THE STORM WITH GRACE: When the going gets hard, an eagle seizes the opportunity to grow, and let the storm lift them higher. Obviously we aren’t talking about a torrential downpour storm, we mean the ‘storms’ of everyday life such as a deal falling through, a client leaving or what have you. Things happen in life that are out of our control and the best way to move forward is to do so with grace. Instead of battling the storm, go through it steadily, knowing that you’ll get to the other side stronger than ever. An eagle also takes others under their wings and weathers the storm with them. They know their grace can make the issue/problem/roadblock more bearable for others and so they want to share their strength whenever possible.
It’s clear that an eagle symbolizes so much more then strength but also values such as grace, courage, patience, and vision. It’s less about being a certain way and more so about embodying all that you are and living at your full potential. An eagle does this naturally, and each and every one of us should trust in this power that is also ingrained in each and every one of us.
At TEAM Group, we recognize that employees need to feel supported and trusted to perform at their best. No matter who we work with, TEAM will always strive to provide the best total facility maintenance and cleaning services to you. As always, TEAM Group values safety as our top priority, so you can rest assured that your employees are working with the very best. We adopt tools to grow and improve as to help you do the same with whatever industry or business you are in.
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