Okay, it wasn’t really Mister Ed, the talking horse from the 1960s TV show. The horse’s name was Belle.
And unlike Mister Ed, Belle didn’t talk. But she did share wisdom about leadership – in a natural way only a horse can.
Leadership lessons from a horse, you say? Exactly what leadership insights can a horse give to a person?
Quite a bit, actually.
“Leading from behind & other lessons from a horse” is a half-day leadership seminar that uses equine-assisted learning activities to help participants see leadership, teamwork and communication in a new light.
Starting off, participants observe a herd of horses to learn about the animal herd mentality. The key take away: in a strong and healthy herd, the leader leads from behind the herd, not in front. This is the opposite of an organization, where it tends to be a top-down or in-front mentality.
Other key takeaways:
- How do you move people’s feet? Meaning how do you inspire and motivate them in a way that works with them, not against them.
- Relationships have to be good for both parties.
- Set your horse (or your team) up to succeed, not fail.
Horses were also incorporated into team building activities to demonstrate the importance of strong, clear communication between a leader and a team for the team’s overall success. The horse-incorporated activities also helped participants learn to deal with obstacles and unexpected outcomes, and how to consider new ideas.
“Leading from behind & other lessons from a horse” is a leadership seminar offered by Harmony Stables & Equine Training Center. Located southwest of Bismarck, ND, Harmony Stables is a member of Capital Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric Class C member.
The seminar was offered by North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) as part of the North Dakota Member Services Association meeting.