An association responsible for ongoing professional development of its members designed a Leadership Program for those looking not just to be good leaders in their current roles, but as future leaders of the profession. Potential participants self-nominate and then undergo a selection process in order to be part of the program . As a profession under intense pressure from external forces and in a period of significant change, future leaders need an awareness of context and systems beyond the traditional technical ability at which they already excel. The format, which is also required to meet specific learning goals and act as an elective in a Diploma course, commences with a one day workshop with Horsanity to really embody the experience of leadership and to open awareness through mind, heart and will.
The workshop blends leadership theory and active experiments with the horses. Participants start the day by creating a current reality map of their role within the profession. As the day progresses they move from individual experiences with the horses to working as part of a team . At the end of the day they revisit their perception of the context of their role and their place in the system.
As a profession under intense pressure from external forces and in a period of significant change, future leaders need an awareness of context and systems beyond the traditional technical ability at which they already excel.
Feedback from the workshops highlights how quickly working with the horses creates a team from a group of former strangers. The barriers to meaningful dialogue are quickly removed and participants open up in an authentic way. Hard topics are raised and discussed that probably would not otherwise have been voiced until much later in the program, if at all. Personal feedback from participants is that the experience is life changing. Working with the horses in a way that allows the heart and will to have a say as well as the mind opened them to a new way of perception and seeing their future career paths, not just as individuals but as leaders in the profession.