Leaderships lessons are all around us. Like this one.
Figuring out what kind of (leadership) bird you want to be.
Figuring out what kind of bird say, your friends and colleagues happen to be, is no doubt entertaining. But that's not nearly as important as figuring out what kind of bird you want to be.
There are three type of people, like three types of birds. There are Eagles, there are Buzzards, and there are Turkeys.
Eagles don’t fly in packs. You have never seen a flock of Eagles.
Eagles are high altitude birds, but they are not arrogant or pumped up. They are not full of themselves. They don’t have to be. They are who they are.
In human terms, they are reasonably comfortable in their own skin. There is power in that alone.
Eagles raise their children... differently.
An eagle’s nest is made of sharp little twigs. Message: if you get big enough, where you start bumping up against the inside of those twigs, then "...it’s time for you to go out and get a job. You cannot be 45 years old, and living with your mother."
Eagle parents literally push and prod their little ones to get out of the nest, and to learn how to fly on their own. They recognize that they cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. They have got to grow up.
An Eagle is not afraid to take what Dr. Scott Peck called 'the road less traveled.'
An Eagle lives with a certain level of intentionality. A 'what I'm for' kind of bird.
Buzzards are a completely different sort of bird. You see, buzzards love packs. Buzzards are low altitude birds.
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass). His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett Koehler Publishing).
Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index,and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.
Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world who is also of African-American descent.
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