Leadership is challenging. Immense strides in technology and artificial intelligence make the pace of change faster than ever before. It can make us wonder if anything but logic matters. At the same time, we know that people need inspiration and connection, and we need their perspective and engagement. Leadership has been turned on its head as we strive to figure out how to attract, retain, and motivate talent that is more diverse than ever. We realize that we need to lead not only with thought, but with compassion and courage as well.
Horses reflect our human paradox of power and gentleness, independence and vulnerability, sensitivity and strength. As prey animals, their life depends on leaders with capability, compassion, and courage. They recognize and respond to leaders with these traits instantly, with truth and accuracy. Horses literally know no other way to be. They teach us how to lead and remind us of truths we may have forgotten.
So, what could be better than to bring this "horse wisdom" to those who need it the most - the leaders of the future?
The time has come for Equine Assisted Coaching. It is time to put down the iPhone and let the horses teach us the leadership skills we cannot learn with logic and language alone. We need to let them teach us to lead with our minds and our hearts. As we continue our journey for what the United States Constitution calls, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” remember that life is brief, precious and very fragile. Each of us deserves leadership with thought, compassion and courage for ourselves and others to truly optimize our gifts and talents.
Do you want to reach your potential, and help those you lead do the same? Do you seek the power and joy that comes from leading with your highest thought, compassion, and courage? Spend some time with a horse for a refreshing reminder of not only how great it feels, but how remarkably effective it is.