Nine Traits of IMPACTFUL Leaders

“You can only lead others where you yourself are prepared to go”  – Lachlan McLean

I don’t think it is until you have truly spent quality time with horses that you really can appreciate what masterful teachers they are.  I now know that many of my best life and business lessons have been taught to me by my horses.  Admittedly, at times I didn’t hear or care to learn those lessons but now on reflection they were (and continue to be) some of the most profound and insightful experiences that I ever have.

As a student of life I am forever investing in my learning because as Roger Hamilton once noted ” Learning is Earning with L-plate on it”.  Over the past five years I’ve invested a small house deposit in learning more about myself, personal development, neuroscience and building a successful businesses.  It has truly been a voyage of self-discovery and along the way horses have played a profound role in helping me learn these lessons.

Perhaps the most important thing I have realised is that everything in life begins with you and leadership is no different.  If you want to be a great leader of your business or team members then you need to be able to lead yourself first.  Leadership, like so many other things in life is an Inside Out Job.  Our environment and circumstances are just a reflection of what is going on inside of us, so if you are not happy with your life right now, you need to examine where this is showing up on the inside.

To my mind experiential learning is one of the best methods to learn new things – based on the the concept of whole body learning, more is retained because both the right and left brain are engaged in the learning process.  Staggeringly, research has shown that only 4% of what is learnt in a classroom is retained versus 80% if the learning is applied through activities. So why wouldn’t companies invest in experiential learning?  In my opinion it is a a cost effective way to deliver results that are immediately noticeable in any company.

Horse Assisted Coaching provides a way for individuals and companies to experiences this whole body learning which can create systemic change in organisations.  In my book Unbridled Success – How the Secret Lives of Horses Can Impact Your Leadership, Teamwork and Communication Skills I reveal the IMPACTFUL leadership skills that I have learnt from horses.

The IMPACTFUL leadership traits that horses have taught me are:

I – Intuition

M – Master Communication

P – Personal Boundary Clarity

A – Authenticity

C – Connection

T – Trustworthiness

F – Full Attention and Presence

U – Unity In Teamwork

L – Leader-Self

If you can master all these skills then your leadership skills will develop exponentially, because let’s face it, being a leader is a hard job.     Many of us shirk from the responsibility that leadership comes with, and that is fine, but unless you step up to the plate and become a leader of your own life, you will always be reactive to things around you – you will never be in charge of your own life.  As a great cowboy once told me: ”

“Leadership is hard to get, easy to lose and must be maintained”

I know realise that it is my horses that have taught me these IMPACTFUL leadership traits and I am forever indebted to them for this.  So if you want to improve your own leadership style then why not consider some Horse Assisted Coaching sessions. I would be delighted to be your guide.

You can find out more about Horse Assisted Coaching amd my book at and in my next blogs I will be looking at these nine leadership traits in detail.

 NOTE: Unbridled Success – How the Secret Lives of Horses Can Impact Your Leadership, Teamwork and Communication Skills is available from Amazon and all good book stores.  You can read the press release here



On October 30th, 2012, posted in: Leadership by

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