A new form of leadership and team-building training is taking the business world by storm – using sheepdogs to allow leaders and managers to hone the art of gentle and non-aggressive personnel management. We call it Natural Leaders
By working with the natural elements of shepherding and sheep farming, managers attending the innovative courses in the beautiful Eden Valley Cumbria are able to understand in new ways and then draw their own fresh conclusions about how their beliefs and behaviour in the office, the boardroom, or clinical practice the shop floor, 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.” “We know this to be true “those who create, own and those who own, use.”
Here are some feedback quotes from people who have taken part in their own natural leaders experience recently:
“Amazing Opportunity to discover more about yourself and how your style and communications impacts on others.” Jayne Pugh – The Lake District National Park Authority
“A dog, some sheep, a field and a whole new way of thinking about communications as a leader.” Julian Parsons – Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
“You learn a lot about the type of leaders you are, and how you can improve your interaction with your staff to be a more effective leader.” Paul Holland – Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue
“The expression “can’t see the wood for the trees” is a good analogy, in that the day helped me to stand back and see the wood and the trees (or the sheep and the dog!) which gave me clarity of vision, sense of purpose, confidence to articulate what I wanted from the team I lead and re-ignited my passion to believe in and get what I want to give me personal professional satisfaction.” Kath Collins – NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks
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, its all about rapport and influence ) – you get instant and honest safe feedback, a perfect mirror for you 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 surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas, insights and models about their own experience as leaders and mangers. Understand new insights of why, how and what 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.
Here are some insights from a team while reflecting one week after their Natural Leaders training day:
“Learnt from other people’s mistakes to enable people herding the sheep later to adapt their technique.” We have now started to apply this in our daily work :-)
“In terms of gaining the dogs respect learnt we need to direct appropriately, be really clear, assertive and give direction.”
To find out more about how you can get incredible value and a lasting experience that will truly make a positive difference and generatelasting outcomes from your training budget contact our team:
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