The “Active” Leader: Harnessing Willpower to Move from Ideas to Action

With so much going on in our lives how do we get anything done, and prioritise what needs to be accomplished.  In this article I look at the key components that help ensure an idea moves from just that, an idea into action.  These are the exact same techniques that I used to help me get my lovely ponies Bracken … Continue reading

What Horses Teach Us About Leadership

“Titles are granted, but it’s your behaviour that wins you respect.” These are the opening words to the first practice of The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner and the importance of these words rang out in my ears during last weekends workshop in Sweden when one of my students, Emilia asked me, “How do I get this … Continue reading

Everyday Leadership: It’s an Inside Out Job

David sparked a fruitful conversation around waste when he gently asked the cafeteria manager at his workplace whether food might be served without unnecessary containers or wrapping, unless requested. Susan worked a whole year to bring a group of high school students from New Zealand to the United States to train other students in an effective form of peer mediation. … Continue reading

Becoming a Trusted Leader

“We can build our leadership upon fear, obligation, or trust. However, only a foundation of trust results in the collaboration and goodwill necessary to achieve our peak performance.”. These words, from organizational design expert Roger Allen, could hardly be more succinct in expressing the central role that trust plays in building and leading high-performance organizations.  What is also very apparent … Continue reading

Credibility: A Critical Foundation of Leadership

“If you don’t believe in the messenger, you won’t believe the message.” — Jim Kouzes, co-author of Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It When people (and your horse) trust and believe in you as a leader, they’ll follow you far and without much question. But without credibility, that critical foundation of leadership, you face an … Continue reading

How Applying the Waterhole Rituals Develops Your Leadership and Relationships

Becci Harvey shares her experience of how she is applying the lessons she learnt on an Instinctive Horsemanship – Introduction to the Waterhole Rituals workshop. “I had a great learning session with my horses last night! I’ve been really inspired this week by some of the video’s that Carolyn’s students post on the connection they get and I’m up for … Continue reading

Horses always ask: Who is leading?

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“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.”- Pat Parelli They help us understand that leadership begins with who we are being. Horses help us close the gap between how we actually present ourselves to others, and how we think we are being. Horses mirror the essential qualities of leadership trust, authenticity, honesty, … Continue reading

Horse Assisted Coaching – a valuable completion of integral leadership training

Horse Assisted Coaching

Managers (… and others..) can learn a lot during horse – assisted training.  Approaching horses, watching their reactions to our behavior, touching them, smelling them, leading them with or without a rope – this is a very special experience which brings people “down to earth”. Contrary to schooling in classroom where participants are mostly rational decision makers the context of … Continue reading

Leadership as a Choice

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Great leadership doesn’t require a diploma or a degree. It’s not reserved for some elite group of people. Leadership can be something for everyone to embrace, from administrative assistant to janitor to manager to CEO. Whatever your role in life, you can become a leader. Often, all it requires is a shift in mindset: interpreting frustrations as opportunities instead of … Continue reading

Leadership as a Way of Life

Leadership As A Way Of Life

I’m always surprised when I run my Unbridled Success retreats and AHA! Leadership days by the number of people who do not think they are leaders. All too often, we believe that leadership is the domain of those with recognized authority, and the title to go with it: CEO, managing director, president, etc. However, in my experience that simply is not true. “In a … Continue reading