Women and Leadership at HJC
It has been said that horses, in particular for women, aid in the facilitation of experiential learning experiences, creating an opportunity to explore power dynamics, body language, leadership skills and more.
Standing in the moment with an unpredictable entity (the horse) and a coach. Although some may question the relevance of horses in an executive coaching environment we believe the experiential nature of the interaction adds fundamental in the moment.
In a recent study of female CEO’s for example, three aggregate dimensions of behaviours were identified which women were said to control on their leadership journeys: self-acceptance, self-development and self-management (Athanasopoulou et al., 2018, p. 9). It was noted that women in particular tend to overemphasize their weaknesses and must come to a point of self-acceptance regarding their potential for leadership skills. The researchers note that there was an acceptance not celebration of the women’s strengths (Athanasopoulou et al., 2018, p. 15). One could argue that this study’s findings in fact demonstrate areas where self-awareness in the participants is sorely lacking.