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.
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.
Time to put what I learned about myself into action.
On the third day of the workshop, The gifts of the Horse, we finally had the opportunity to evaluate what we had discovered about our leadership characteristics from day-one and day-two. Armed with this new information about our emotions and how to interpret them we were faced with our largest challenge yet. Before I get into the details of the final challenge the 3rd day of the workshop dished up some other useful tidbits.
In the first day of the workshop we covered a lot of awareness related topic. The body scan is important for identifying the symptoms of an emotion we may be experiencing. Once armed with this information we can address the symptoms and ask ourselves some key questions to help get those emotions under control and prevent an intensification of that emotion (See The Message Behind the Emotion).
As a new employee in the Lodestone Leadership family we decided I must experience one of our leadership workshops first hand to fully appreciate what it is we do here. On paper Lodestone Leadership offers leadership training using Equine Facilitated Learning (working with horses). The concepts taught were curated by Linda Kohonav, a best-selling author of The five roles of a Master Herder, an expert on EFL and founder of eponaquest. My goals for this workshop were simple, get through it and pick up all the features and benefits I need to go out into the corporate community and effectively sell this service to business leaders.
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.