Compatibility Series: Eagle, The Responsible Athlete Type

The relationship between players on a team can go a long way in determining success. Mutual understanding leads to more effective communication and a greater feeling of trust amongst teammates, allowing them to play with more confidence in each other, and therefore enabling them to focus on their own responsibilities during game action.

In order to build this understanding, it is important for athletes to understand that their teammates may think differently than they do. Not everyone has the same mentality, drive, focus, or mindset.

While treating others the way you would like to be treated is seen as the “Golden Rule”, in actuality, the best way to handle things is treating others in the way they would like to be treated, because there isn’t any guarantee that the way you would like people to treat you is the same way others would like to be treated themselves.

This is because nearly all of us are different. Understanding these differences and finding out ways in which to handle and manage them are the key to improved team-building. With the eight athlete types, there is an established baseline of understanding.

In this series of articles, we will look at the compatibility of each athlete type, and how they can work to better their relationships, despite some extreme differences in mindset and mental make-up.

Please note that this series is written for peer-to-peer relationships, meaning it is meant for relationships of people of equal status. This means that parent-child and coach-athlete relationships will not necessarily fit these descriptions. 

For this article, we will focus on the Eagle athlete type, also known as the “Responsible athlete type” and how compatible they are with the other seven types, and what they can focus on to improve some of their weaker connections.

  • Rockets and Eagles will typically get along well, with low instances of conflict or issues between the two.
  • The Rocket in the relationship needs to know that the Eagle really likes having structure and systemic methods with how they go about things.
  • Eagles should try to learn from the Rocket’s ability to go with the flow and adapt when the unexpected happen.
  • This pair will work well together because of their competitive spirit and strong work ethics.
  • In sports, these two could be relied upon during the big moments. Allow them the opportunity to work together to bring their teammates together and get everyone prepared for those bright lights.

  • The Eagle/Maverick combo will be at risk for very high friction, caused by heated debates between the two.
  • Problems will arise from the two being such opposites. For example, the Eagle is very conventional and will conform when asked, or when they feel is necessary, and the Maverick is almost the exact opposite.
  • Being so vastly different, they will irritate each other often.
  • Despite all of these potential risk factors for friction, an Eagle and Maverick may be a good pair when the task they are assigned requires discipline, like weight training or conditioning.
  • The Maverick should stop and listen to the Eagle and think more about the right timing to do and say things. On the same hand, the Eagle should cut the Maverick some slack and pick battles wisely.
    • The Eagle should let go of the little things that the Maverick does that bothers them.
  • If an Eagle and Maverick are on the same team, it could help if you have them in the same groups for drills, so they can see the thought processes behind how the other goes about the technical aspect of their sport.

  • There will be chances for moderate issues between the Ice and Eagle. This is because the Ice will see the Eagle as being a fake, and in some instances, a phony who is also shallow. The Eagle will see the Ice as a slob.
  • Since the Ice admits their faults and the Eagle does not, the Eagle will allow the Ice to always take the blame if things go poorly/wrong.
  • Ice will feel Eagle has a pat answer for most things.
  • The Ice can help the Eagle by pointing out the difference in being organized for the sake of being organized– and being organized for the sake of reaching their goals or a set purpose.
    • Ice can reduce tension with Eagle by tending to the little things more, like Ice picking up after himself/herself.It will be beneficial if the Eagle can learn to share the blame with the Ice when something goes wrong for the pair.
  • The Eagle should also be less picky about some of the Ice’s habits.

  • Trailblazers and Eagles are essentially polar opposites in the fact that Eagles are practical, while the Trailblazer will often have “pie in the sky dreams”. This causes Eagles to judge everything a Trailblazer does.
  • While there will likely be high friction between these two, it will usually manifest itself as bickering as opposed to full-on arguments.  The two might even become friends but this will not be a lasting relationship once they no longer live or work side-by-side.
  • The agitation between Trailblazers and Eagles is a result of their differing mindsets:
    • Trailblazers live in the moment, whereas Eagles are much more likely to dwell on the past.
    • Trailblazers want everything to look good and have all the finer details be beautiful and put together nicely, but the Eagle really has no desire or interest in decorations, and just wants things to get done.
  • These two athlete types will function best in a team sense if they try to work together to  avoid the limits caused by each of their weaknesses.
    • An Eagle, who makes decisions based on how others will perceive that decision can benefit greatly if a Trailblazer teammate asks them how that will make them feel personally, which is not something an Eagle may typically give much weight to. Thus, the Trailblazer is shifting Eagle’s focus from what everyone else thinks to how will this make the Eagle feel.
    • When a Trailblazer is doing something, it will help  if an Eagle asks them questions that yield insights to the Trailblazer’s thinking, to see why Trailblazers do things certain ways. This will also ensure that the Trailblazer has come to a clear and non-harmful decision/solution. This is how an Eagle can help a Trailblazer avoid making the same mistake twice.

  • There will be moderately high friction between two Eagles, but to the outside observer, it may appear that the two genuinely like each other.
  • The two will mirror each other, and depending on the situation– will partner up, and work hard to look good to others.
  • They typically get along on things like one of the two being messy, while the other is more tidy.
  • The real disagreements and disapproval comes from both sides, as the two Eagles will manage to find little things about the other that bothers them, and they will let the other know about it.
    • Eagles will gossip about each other.
  • When they’re together, Eagles should be aware of their tendency to try to one-up one another. They should also try their best to avoid gossiping or talking behind the others back.
    • It will help if the two are more open, direct, and frank with each other.
    • Having a discussion with one another sharing  their pet peeves about things and people in general can help them get to know each other.  For instance, one Eagle might share something like “I hate it when people interrupt me.”

  • A Musketeer and Eagle will generally get along well, but the relationship could become unhealthy because the Musketeer will act as an enabler if the Eagle has a problem.
  • They have a good balance, because the Eagle dwells on the past, but the Musketeer will help them focus more on the present.
  • To the Musketeer, the Eagle will seem cold-hearted and selfish.
  • The Eagle may  secretly wish to be more like the Musketeer, but this doesn’t necessarily lead to them liking the Musketeer.
  • Just like other athlete types, it will help if the Musketeer is frank with the Eagle.  A Musketeer needs to resist the urge to help the Eagle who comes to them over and over again with the same problem.
  • The Eagle can help the Musketeer plan and organize their tasks, however; the Eagle should try  to be less rigid about things like a schedule when the two are working together on something.
  • If there is an Eagle on your team who is dwelling on a mistake they’ve made on the field in the past, having them talk with a Musketeer, who will help them shift their focus to the present and the future, can benefit both parties.    

  • Knights and Eagles will make a good pair, and see relatively low levels of conflict– they can peacefully coexist.
  • A Knight may see the Eagle as a bit insincere, and the Eagle could view the Knight as a bit of a slob or couch potato, but this is not highly likely.
  • For this relationship to function as well as possible, the Eagle needs to cut to the chase when speaking with the Knight. By the Eagle realizing that the Knight is similar to them (and vice versa), that they are both principle driven, can be a way for the 2 types to bond.
    • The biggest difference between the two is that the Knight’s principals are from within, where as the Eagle bases their principles  off of societal expectations. This means they both will need to respect each others views, be tolerant.
  • Having a Knight and Eagle on the same team talk about their values with each other can help them bond, while also allowing them to better understand how their teammate is wired.
  • Knight needs to try harder to be tidy, organized and considerate of details when living or working with Eagle

  • Eagles and Engineers will generally have a relationship with moderate friction. The Eagle will see the Engineer as sloppy and undependable but may feel sorry for them.
  • Engineers will feel that the Eagle is too judgmental, and picky about too many things.
  • An Eagle may not be too helpful when an Engineer is having a tough time.
  • They may not really like one another, but there won’t be as much conflict as you would think, because the Eagle will typically “sets the record straight”, and then moves on quickly. This causes some immediate tension but this does not linger or fester, leading to long-lasting conflict.
  • Typically, the Eagle will usually be the boss or head of this duo, like Eagle being Batman and Engineer being Robin.
  • The Engineer would benefit greatly from the Eagle being more generous with words of encouragement and support.
    • The Engineer should ask the Eagle for advice and help, without coming on too strong, and also set a more professional tone when relating to an Eagle instead of trying to make it totally personal.
  • Have the Eagle who works with the Engineers on your team give  them compliments on the things they do correctly.
By |2019-03-07T15:23:15+00:00August 30th, 2018|Eagle|

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