Horses and Authentic Leadership
And this above all, to thine own self be true, and thou cans’t not then be false to any man. – William Shakespeare
Unlock the Leader within . . . Discover your inner potential and uncover what kind of leader you are. Do you lead with Clarity and Intention? Do you use too much pressure or not enough? Do you display Character, Confidence, and Conviction? Are you Congruent . . . Does your body language match your intention? Are your able to evoke loyalty within your team even in the face of crisis?
Horses can teach us to draw on our innermost self, bring out our true character and enhance our ability to lead with authenticity and clarity. Horses, being animals of prey, live in the moment and react to their environment immediately and honestly giving direct feedback to the intentions and actions of those working with them.
Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things. Working with horses teaches how to approach a situation or team member using intention, and nonverbal communication to get to the solution effectively and congruently. As herd animals, horses respond to the leader for the betterment and safety of the entire herd. Horses size you up within a few seconds and make the decision to trust you as their leader or not — they are very clear and immediate in their feedback. This gives us humans a unique opportunity to uncover our strengths and weaknesses and discover in no uncertain terms how our intentions and actions reflect our leadership abilities – also allowing us to bring about the change we seek by changing our approaches.