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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love bald eagles.  If you were to walk into my office, you would see bald eagles all over the office.  I have three rather larger prints that feature bald eagles in each one of them.  I also have a set of shelves that are full of bald eagle statues and pictures. As I was sitting in my office this morning, I was looking at the prints of the bald eagles.  I was admiring the majestic look of the eagles in each print.  I was noticing how they seemed to always be soaring above whatever else was in the print.  This lead me to think about how it is important for leaders (and people in general) to soar above much of what is occurring.

Now, I realize that the previous statement can give an impression of arrogance.  I am not intended to indicate that there is some superiority that a leader should try to communicate.  Instead, I believe there is some practicality here that I am wanting to share.  First, we all know that there can be times that day-to-day life can become rather messy and personalities can create gossip, conflict and controversy.  I believe that it is vitally important for leaders to soar above those items.  In order to be an effective leader, you need to be able to not get bogged down in messiness and negativity.  An organization is dependent upon its leadership to help lift it out of those situations.  If the leader gets embroiled in them, then it is impossible for her/him to guide the organization out of them.  So the leader needs to soar above.

Second, the perspective of an eagle above the landscape is much different from that of an animal walking along the landscape.  I believe leaders need to have a perspective of an eagle.  They need to be able to see a broader view.  They need to be able to spot pitfalls and dangers which cannot be seen on the ground.  They need to be able to guide the organization along the path which may only be visible if you are looking from above versus down low.  So the leader needs to soar above.

There are times that a leader needs to walk alongside.  There are times that a leader needs to sit and rest beside others.  There are times that leaders need to be close enough to listen and to hear.  But there are also times when the leader needs to soar above.


Posted September 30, 2014 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Leadership, Life, Organizations

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