What might a leader learn from a hawk?

Vision and patience.
With eyesight eight times stronger than that of humans,
the hawk is able to scan a vast area in search of high-potential
feeding grounds. It carefully chooses where and when to land.

The hawk exhibits what Robert Hargrove refers to
in Masterful Coaching as "disciplined intensity".
Its focus and mission are evident in every move.
The hawk's intent is clear,
and yet it does not appear fierce -- only focused.

Hawks model what it means to be observant.
Look at your surroundings. Observe the obvious
in everything that you do. Life is sending you signals.
Be aware!

The hawk excels in using available energy,
soaring on the winds with little excess motion.
Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
refers to this as "The Law of Least Effort".

Finally, in American Indian lore about the seasons of the year,
the hawk is the spirit of Spring -- the beginning of a new year,
with vision, intelligence and action.
(The Spirit of Winter Camping, Harry Drabik)