Can you learn to ride a bike or fly a plane from a book? You may think you learned how and have all the technical issues memorized and solved, but until you actually do it, it’s just knowledge.
If knowledge were power, we’d all be able to make changes in ourselves by changing our minds. Now THAT would be a great thing: I want to be a better leader so I’ll read another book and– POOF—since I increased my knowledge, I am now a better leader.
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. The process of growing and becoming a better leader isn’t easy, but I also think we make it harder than it has to be.
Power lies in the action, in the experience, in choosing to put that knowledge to work.
When you combine the knowledge of the brain and memory of the body, you create the change you want by giving attention to it in more than one way. You become your own powerful agent of change. Your changes become part of you and are embodied by you.
David Rock, brain and leadership researcher and author of Quiet Leadership agrees. “Instead of just thinking about an idea, we also write it down, and speak about it and take action. If we literally put enough energy into the insight or idea, it will become a part of who we are.”
What does this mean for your leadership?
The experience of interacting with horses gives you honest feedback about your “way of being” as a leader; your leadership presence. You become aware of your thought patterns and the emotions behind them.
You gain clarity about which patterns serve you. Your clients. Your team. Your employees.
You’ll discover which patterns don’t serve you that you continue to use because you don’t know another way—and how to replace them.
Once you become aware of all the choices that are out there, rather than the few you’ve relied upon in the past, you have the power to choose. You have the power to choose to be a different kind of leader.
No longer do you just desire to be a better leader or visualize yourself as a better leader, you ARE a better leader. You effectiveness as a leader is honestly assessed by how well the horses follow you. When your performance improves, theirs does as well. You can see it as well as feel it. It’s a visceral metric that you can’t ignore.
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You already have plenty of head knowledge to become a better leader. Are you ready to take the action necessary to follow it through?