If we doubted our fears instead of doubting our dreams, imagine how much in life we’d accomplish.
Authentic leadership starts with being aware of your own thoughts and body and leading your life from your true self.
Recent scientific research shows that wild horses have different leaders and that a leader doesn’t show dominant behaviour to the other horses. On the contrary, the horse with most “friends” was followed most frequently. The horses that were the most social take over the role of leadership from eachother. The horses followed their friend until the whole herd was on the move. So it was often a decision of several horses to move. There was also no struggle for food or water because there is often enough. Our view of a herd and our way of training is based on how horses communicate with each other in a moment of stress. In the wild, the horse has the choice to join the herd or leave it.
The herds in captivity have been created by us. This can go perfect, but it can also go completly wrong. Horses can be put together that just don’t get along with eachother. Or there may be unrest by one or more horses who don’t feel well, which will put the whole herd under stress. Also, horses often have no opportunity to flee from eachother because their stay in a too small enclosure, so they cannot avoid each other when there is a conflict. The food can also be placed that there are only few eating spots, which causes stress. Unfortunately, this is often our image of how a horse communicates. This is not natural communication, but communication created by stress and imbalance.
That means a relationship can be based on trust and friendship. And that the leading horse does not use dominance and oppression to follow the herd. That is why it is absolutely not a natural way of communicating when we would force the horse to run to make him join and follow us. A connection is based on trust and calmness.
Herds in the wild rarely have conflicts. A leader does not rule with dominance but with confidence. Who do you like to follow? Someone who tells like a dictator what you have to do or someone you understand and that gives trust?
Or with who can you be your authentic (your real) self? With a leader who tells you what to do or a leader who gives you trust? Many horses have been trained to wait for what they have to do and not be themselves. That’s why I often see drastic changes in horses that can suddenly be who they really are. And that’s why it’s called authentic leadership. It doesn’t mean, do whatever you want without looking at me. No, it means be who you want to be so that we can work together in what we both enjoy.
The authentic leader or leadership is a partnership in which respect and communication is used. The basic of this is honesty and daring to be ourselves. Not being who others say we are, but really being ourselves. This is difficult because we feel that this makes us vulnerable and fear the judgment of others. Horses look straight through us, they see who we are without judging.
Authenticity is a power. It’s an inner power that only you can find. No one can do it for you. You can acquire knowledge about authenticity, but it’s still up to you to find that authenticity. Knowledge alone has no power when you do nothing with it. Knowledge becomes power when you take action. Everything that happens around us, however, has no power. We only have power over ourselves and what happens within us. That’s why authenticity is about finding your inner power.
Authentic leadership is about:
- Body awareness and communication
- Being aware of intention, focus and intuition
- Communication through energy
- Connection between horse and ower
- Positive training and rewarding
- Understanding emotions and behavior