Monday, June 21, 2010

Active vs Passive Leadership - Full Article

by Randy Byers
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

In a world full of horse trainers, clinicians and equine professionals competing to make a mark for themselves, many find new ways to reinvent the wheel; however, several try to put their knowledge into some package where we may identify with it all. In the equine world, leadership is the key to survival and many of these professionals communicate their opinion of equine behavior and how we should cope with this dynamic.

Leadership in a Human Sense

The question now becomes, what form of leadership is right for us? In the human world, some people define leadership simply as getting people to work to achieve common goals and giving people a reason (motivation) to work (active leadership). Other people hold that leadership is the ability to influence the behavior of others, to set up goals, to formulate paths to those goals, and to create and guide toward good behavior (passive leadership).

Isn't that what we want to accomplish in the equine world? To influence and motivate safe behaviors?

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