For us at Athena, leadership is about how you are.
We cannot instruct people to follow us, any more than we can demand their trust. Real leadership demands authenticity. We must ask ourselves, how would we create such a state in ourselves that others will choose to follow.
Working with horses requires that we connect with our innate leader. We seek to work without force and so success demands that we need to be clear in our communication, intention and focus. Whether on our track, or in the arena, the horses expect us to find an honest and genuine state within ourselves.
In practice leading others is no different. We offer those responsible for leading and managing others the opportunity to:
• understand the gap between intention and positive action;
• develop and practice the skills and competencies needed to be a genuine leader;
• establish meaningful presence and connection, and embody clarity of communication;
• develop ones self awareness as a foundation for emotional and social intelligence;
• build the personal resilience and purposefulness needed to persist in challenging times;
• recognise the impact that our conscious and unconscious actions and behaviour have upon others.
And for the teams.....
How we are as a team (for better or worse) is often very clearly reflected in our interactions with horses.
For a team, working together with horses provides an honest and safe space not only to explore their collective behaviour, but more importantly it is a safe and non judgemental place to experiment with shifts or changes and experience the difference.
The horses help:
• develop the skills needed for effective group vision and direction
• explore the value of effective communication across the team;
• understand and respect the importance of all roles in collective performance; and
• understand the value of trust as an organisational asset.