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

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

Rules of Natural Horsemanship

Recently I came across these Rules of Natural Horsemanship that I really resonated with: Quit thinking your horse feels what you feel. Stop thinking your horse thinks what you think. Don’t try to get your horse to act the way you think he should act. No matter what you are doing, your horse is learning something. Natural horsemanship is really … Continue reading

How Well Do You Stay in the Present?

  The way to live a full and rich life, to deepen our connections with others and to experience true intimacy is by staying in the present moment. Yet much of what we do and how we live takes us out of the present and ricochets us into some unknown future or drags us back into the mire of the … 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

What We Can Learn About Ourselves from Horses

Today I am sharing what one of my amazing clients Carly Hope, the Sales Angel wrote about her experience with Horse Assisted Leadership Transformation on Sunday. “At the start of this year a horse and business whisperer signed up for a coaching call with me. At the time, I didn’t know how or why she and her horses would be part … Continue reading

What is the Carolyn Resnick Method?

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The Carolyn Resnick Method forms the Foundation For All Equestrian Pursuits.  The Method evolved from Carolyn’s extensive observation of wild horses whilst she was growing up in Indio, California. From watching and participating in the ceremonies that horses use throughout their lives she was able to decode the rules horses follow in pecking order ceremonies. This led Carolyn to understand the … 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