- Reflection of own leadership strategy
- Learn to lead in a more effective way
- Developing of emotional intelligence
- Learning how to win trust of others
- Leadership in challenging situations
High Impact ResultsHigh Impact Results
Group Dynamics: Situational Leadership
Horse herds have highly complex social structures to allow the members very efficient and organized group movements (source: Odile Petit, PhD, University of Strasbourg). Horses follow a situational dependent leadership which means that through the course of a week or day there are many different leaders depending on the situation. These are the kind of organizational structures you would expect from a new age company; apparently horses are following these modern and very efficient social structures since thousands of years.
Instant Feedback: Mirror Human Behavior
The feedback of the horse is instant and honest. Horses directly mirror a person’s manner of leading and their intention (internal attitude). It helps us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses. Often it only takes a small self correction for us to become more like our “real selves”, and horses can inspire us to adopt these changes.
Experiential Learning: Leadership Style
We all learn best through our own experiences. In the work with horses we have the rare opportunity to explore different leadership styles in action: leading by example, leading on the same level or leading from behind. This experience often gives managers a different perspective on how to reach a goal.
Emotional Intelligence: Horses Connect on an Emotional LevelEmotional Intelligence: Horses Connect on an Emotional Level
Contrary to schooling in the classroom where participants are engaged in their rational thinking, training with horses opens up the emotional state of people, which is important to transfer learning and adopt practices.
“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader”, Source: Daniel Goleman in Harvard Business Review article “What makes a great leader”1998
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
In the professional environment, challenging times will reveal true leaders – the ones who can push the limits of their own comfort zone. In the work with horses people experience situations which are outside their comfort zone, and through professional guidance those moments give participants more confidence to face challenging situations in future.