A new form of leadership and team-building training is taking the business world by storm – using sheepdogs to allow managers to hone the art of gentle and non-aggressive personnel management.
By working with the natural elements of shepherding and sheep farming, managers attending the innovative courses in Cumbria are able to draw their own conclusions about their behaviour in the office, the boardroom, and clinical practice to find the best way forward.
“We don’t tell clients what they need to do or change, they work it out themselves,” says Stuart Jackson, co-founder. “That’s what makes the Your Natural Leaders experience all the more powerful.”
Why Work With Sheep Dogs?
The benefits of working with dogs and sheep are many:
- They are non-judgemental (they do not condescend or criticise) – everyone can learn constructively from mistakes and successes
- They give an immediate response (they don’t discriminate no matter your position at work, and won’t move if they don’t want to) – you get instant and honest safe feedback, a perfect mirror to learn from.
- They respond to non-verbal communication – meaning you learn how to make your message clear through your movements, posture, body language, and tone of voice (you already do this at work and at home, understanding your impact at this level is very empowering)
- They reward your efforts once you have earned your authority and their respect – encouraging and developing leadership through rapport, respect and trust, not power and authority. It is truly remarkable.
The Your Natural Leaders Working Sheepdog Experience uses a unique combination of talent from the world of leadership, change specialists and sheepdog trialling.
Your Natural Leaders invites delegates to consider their own experience, styles and impacts from totally different perspectives. In every session people are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas, insights and models about their own experience as leaders and how they might move and change their models, strategies and tactics in the work place.
Surprisingly, a large number of people also find positive impacts for their personal lives too. Later sessions allow peers to support each other to explore how to deploy new behaviours in a safe way and build them around existing beliefs, both on the field and in the briefing and de-briefing sessions in our newly purpose-built Natural Leaders learning facility.