Wednesday, February 9

Thoughts on being a leader

Well, the forecast is quite perplexing... A high of 12 today and a high of 41 on Sunday. That is going to feel like a major heatwave!!! Welcome to Illinois!

Anyway, yesterday Eddie and I got to play for a nice long time, an hour to be exact. even though it was in the teens, we still had a lot of fun! We trotted around out in the pasture and the ponies came with us. It was really cute! We would all run together and then of course they would get a little treat. After a while, I started to get cold because the wind was picking up, so we headed to the outdoor, where it was a little more sheltered.
I hopped on Eddie and we rode around in there for a while. I think he really enjoyed it! And I did too, because I was sitting on a nice, warm, black blanket! hehe! It was very warm! We walked around a little bit and I just focused on using my intentions to direct him. It went really, really well and I referred back to Carolyn Resnick's dvd that I watched earlier that day. She said that a leader is anyone who makes a request. I thought that was a pretty good explanation of a leader. Not the best, but a fairly decent explanation. So I made thoughtful requests and he responded to them like, "Sure! Let's go that way!" or "Sure! Let's stop."
It was really cool! :-) I love my Eddie!

So, I've been thinking about what a leader is and I came up with my idea of a leader.

A leader is any person (or animal) that leads.

Pretty simple, huh? Well, here are a few things that LEAD can mean:
to go before or with to show the way;
to conduct by holding and guiding
to influence or induce; cause
to guide in direction, course, action, opinion
~~~~~Now there's a change~~~~ 
to be superior to; have the advantage over
to command or direct
to have the directing or principal part in 

And there are still 50 more things that it can mean.
But, as you could probably see, there was a clear distinction between the first four and the last three. I think that our horsemanship can also have two types of leadership. One is being passive, the other is being dominant. I'll talk about that in my next post! :-)

~Lea & Eddie~

Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Anonymous said...

Have you read Mark Rashid's books? He was the one who introduced me to the very powerful concept of passive leadership.

Lea and Eddie said...

Yes! I have, and they are wonderful! He is probably my favorite horseman because he is so passive and his books are so good. I'm reading Whole Heart, Whole Horse again and I get more out of it every time that I read it!

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