As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, "To lead people, walk behind them."
The 'lead mare essence' says, "to lead horses, walk behind them'!!
In this article by Tony Dunnell, substitute the word horse for human and create effective leadership skills through finding our 'lead mare essence' when engaging and interacting with our horses.
"Humans evolved as a social species. From an evolutionary perspective, we are better off acting and moving together, whether to hunt, to keep the peace, to teach, or to protect ourselves from threats. Our social groups have always benefited from coordination and collective action, which is easier to achieve with the presence of a strong leader.
Great leaders have emerged throughout history, from Mahatma Gandhi to George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill, and Nelson Mandela. Regardless of when they lived, they often shared similar characteristics: resilience, confidence, and the ability to clearly communicate their vision. These traits made them effective leaders, able to inspire their followers and create something stronger than the sum of its parts.
Now, perhaps more than ever, strong leadership is increasingly about integrity, accountability, and empathy. It’s also about empowering those who look to you, so that one day they too will be ready to lead. As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, "To lead people, walk behind them."
The following quotes come from respected leaders in various fields, including civil rights activists, media moguls, politicians, and entrepreneurs.
If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.
A leader… is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
To be a good leader you have to be a great listener… No one has a monopoly on good ideas or good advice.
About the Author Tony Dunnell
Tony is an English writer of non-fiction and fiction living on the edge of the Amazon jungle.