Development of future leaders by building relationships
What is the relation between successful leadership, coaching and horses?
The role of horses
Horses are social creatures, honestly prepared to respond to the inherent challenges in building and sustaining relationships. As animals of prey, whose lives depend on their intuition, they see beyond the most subtle mismatches of emotion and intention, as subtle and critical as the leadership skills.
Horses quickly inform us when our thoughts and actions are not aligned, which gives us the opportunity to see what is actually happening to us. Horses read our energy, not our mind, and their answers give us immediate honest and judgement-free feedback. We get to see and feel what success looks like (reaching our goal) by building a relationship with a horse and then through the coaching process, which builds on this awareness and applies it on the leadership of teams and company.
Working with horses provides a solid method which helps people become aware of the messages they unconsciously convey and how this aspect influences relationships and, therefore, their leadership skill.
The role of coaching
Coaching plays a key role in better understanding the reason why some leaders constantly create situation that do not work.
Working with a half-tone creature, we have the opportunity to realise that, before achieving any results, it is necessary to build a relationship based on trust.
The interaction with a horse is an opportunity to explore and understand how we are connected to each other, in the attempt to build relationships based on trust. This experience in combination with coaching provides strong opportunities of self-discovery and behaviour change.
Horse-led activities help develop congruent and authentic leadership skills. It is not about how you enforce your will but how you use your energy to demonstrate and practice.
Horses understand what leaders often forget: any interaction is a conversation