Horses, Leaders and Ancient Wisdom

What is it about the horse-human relationship that seems to translate into better leadership skills?

"The leader must be someone who has enough courage to face things head on," says Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." If you want your followers to follow you with faith and conviction, then you need good communication skills."

woman with horse

The horse-human relationship is one of the most fascinating relationships in history. Humans and horses have been coexisting for centuries, but what is it about this relationship that seems to translate into better leadership skills? 

Horses are some of the most intuitive animals on Earth, and people who spend time around them can learn a lot from how they lead their lives. They live by instinct rather than force: you will never see a herd of wild horses stampede over each other because they know instinctively where to go and when to stop. They also know the beauty of a good leader: they follow their lead. 

Horses can even sense when something is wrong with their herd, and will do whatever it takes to fix that problem – even if it means sacrificing themselves for the sake of others.

dog on horse

This is something that leaders can learn from. A good leader knows when to take charge and when to let others take the lead. They also know how to stay calm under pressure and make quick decisions when necessary. Leaders who understand horses and their ways tend to be more successful because they have learned how to trust their instincts, as well as the instincts of those around them. 

They know how to take things one step at a time and stay focused on their goals, even when things get tough. And most importantly, they know the importance of teamwork and how to foster a strong sense of community within their organization.

References

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White-Lewis S. . (2019). Equine-assisted therapies using horses as healers: A concept analysis. Nursing open, 7(1), 58–67.