When I was growing up I had five siblings, loving parents, good friends. We went on vacations with our tent trailer and I fell in love with campgrounds all across Canada. We also used to travel to Olympia, Washington where my grandparents lived. Visiting the ocean and camping near by filled me with special memories of family and fun!
As we dig deeper into the five roles of a master herder as laid out in the teachings of Linda Kohanov, we can identify with most of the roles. Dominants tend to be more demanding, and set in their ways. The nurturer-companion can be looked at as a people pleaser in most situations. The sentinel is always on the lookout for dangers and pitfalls. The predator comes out when tougher choices need to be made. Of all these one leadership role tends to stand out above all else, in her teachings Linda refers to this role as the leader. In the corporate world we see this type of leadership as more of a visionary. This leader tends to motivate through inspiration, rather than fear. They calm others or reset the focus in tense situations. A leader will exhibit visionary qualities.
The art of doing nothing! Or is that even possible?
Lao-Tzu observed that "it is upon disaster that good fortune rests." - a broken leg, a missed appointment, a snow storm, surgery. Ten days ago I had major surgery, I have been recovering and feeling stronger each day. I am committed to allowing my body time to heal. I am a very active person and like to be busy with many things. As I have allowed myself the quiet time to heal and rest, so many wonderful things have happened. My thoughts and ideas have flowed so freely and in such an inspirational direction.
Did you know that up to 90% of all communication is nonverbal. As leaders in the workplace how we use this information is critical in relaying information and sharing our vision with our co-workers. You do not have to be the boss to be the "leader". There are many situations in the workplace where a varitety of employees will be given a task that requires a leadership role, and those who succesfully communicate their message to the team are more likely to accomplish the goal set out in the task. If we rely entirely on verbal communication to share this vision then we are at risk of only communicating 10% of that plan.
Dominance is one of the most misunderstood roles in nature and in the corporate world. If you follow the dictionary definition of dominance, to be dominant you have to be: commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others. Unfortunately this definition of dominance is in it’s immature form and never matures to be truly useful.
Humans most often seek an absolute definition of leadership. We want a concrete technique or job description to go with our leadership role. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that simple, if it always worked like that? As leaders we would be completely on task all of the time and never miss a beat.
The Master Herder Professional Assessment is designed to measure which of the 5 roles of leadership roles you employ in various professional settings. Linda Kohanov, author of “The Five Roles of a Master Herder”, looked at behaviour patterns in large, powerful social animals like horses and saw parallels in human behaviour. The Master Herder Professional Assessment was created to help you understand which roles you tend to adopt in your environment. While doing the assesment it is important to do so with a specific organization in mind. If you hold multiple roles in your professional life you may want to perform the assesment multiple times focusing on how you would respond to each scenario in each of your roles. This assesment is designed for work, education or community related situations.
Emotions are information
To horses, emotion is simply information. In studying with Linda Kohanov I have learned many things about how the horses use this valuable information. Because horses are preyed upon in nature, these sensitive, mindful creatures have maintained a highly developed ability to respond to subtle changes in stance, muscle tension, breathing and hence the general arousal level of other horses as well as predators, an ability they easily transfer to human beings.
Emotional intelligence. Our society has become so good at thinking and solving problems in a logical way that we have ignored the emotional side of being human.
The message your feelings and emotions send you are simply providing you an understanding of the things that are going on around you and often the things that are going on inside you. Pay attention to our emotions and learn the message that they are sending. (Ignoring them is like covering your ears when your spouse or friend want to tell you something important.)