Client Comments and Reflections
“Some days are unique and today was truly exceptional. As the saying goes … .”you can lead a horse to water”; but as it turns out it’s not that simple. You need trust, boundaries and a sense of safety and connection. Horses demand humility, vulnerability, authenticity, and profoundly draw out many of the characteristics that embody good leadership.
Thank you to the extraordinary team at Leading Edge Professional Development – what we’ve learned today both individually and as a team, will be the foundation for unimaginable successes!!”
“We worked with Leading Edge Life Skills to design a leadership development activity for our emerging leaders that were participating in a Leadership bootcamp. The goal of this program was to accelerate the effectiveness of our leadership teams capability via building their skills in being more collaborative, having courageous conversations and commitment as a leadership team.
The activities that we undertook with the horses powerfully and uniquely showed the team what it means to be a leader, how to work as a team and how important it is to inspire others. It was a perfect foundational activity to commence conversations about a leaders impact on others, the power in communication and the strength in teamwork.
Also, thanks to this unique experience, our Bootcamp program has been nominated as a finalist in the Australian HR Awards! I highly recommend this activity as a unique way to expand an individual’s thinking about their personal leadership style and their impact on others.
“What a fantastic, life changing experience. You will learn things about yourself and teammates that no other experience can give. A great way to reflect on your leadership style and pick up valuable life lessons.”
“Thank you Leading Edge for an amazing day for our team. After two years of zoom screens, it was so refreshing to combine intuitive learning and fun.”
“Overcome your fears, empower and trust, and lead by example”
“Listening and feedback are essential components of achieving goals when working in a team.”
“It’s okay to break the rules and think outside the box. Look forward to the future and not in the past.”
“I learnt to be aware of my surroundings. Sometimes you become so focused on a task that you forget to see or observe the external factors that impact you and by extension the task.”
“Today provided an incredible opportunity for us to gain deeper insight into our team. The activities really highlighted our team dynamics and how we interact. The day also helped us gain a better understanding of the different personalities and communication styles of our team members.”
“This workshop is more about self-experiencing and discovery versus just doing what we are taught.”
“It is really interesting how we can relate the exercises (with the horses) to day to day work situations and even our personal life.”
“Stepping out of the usual environment and still being able to apply every day skills. Working with the horses was completely different to anything I experienced in other programs.”
“The best part about today’s experience was the personal insight into our own inner “leader”.
“The program highlighted awareness of really listening to others and the importance of team cooperation. The debrief was insightful.”
“It was more challenging than expected as the horses have their own personality and behaviours. Interacting with the horses and learning how their reactions relate to us was fascinating.”
“Seeing other people’s communication styles highlighted by the horses. It was totally different experience and really helpful.”
“Connecting with another creature helped focus less on competitiveness and more on communication and connection with our team.”
“The horses really bring everyone together as a team. I particularly enjoyed hearing the responses during the debrief. This was a great experience for all of our staff.”
“I loved the chance to be around animals with colleagues. The horse centres and calms any challenges or personality friction in a way that cannot happen with humans alone.”
“I realised it is important not to overthink things or take things personally”.
“Thank you, Bart. You taught me to admire patience and tolerance in others…and to not be so hard on myself.”