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Horse Sense for Leaders: Building Trust-Based Relationships Paperback – June 6, 2015
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We wrote the book to how how trust is created and maintained between humans. We used the case study of New York Times Best Selling author Monty Roberts, who is known for his trust-based leadership approaches with horses and humans.
What about Monty Roberts inspired you?
Monty is the original Horse Whisperer, and he humbly states that he "discovered" the process called Join-Up early in his career. Join-Up is the gentling approach he discovered in order to get a saddle, bridle and rider on an untrained horse in about 30 minutes without stress, pain or anxiety. It's an amazing process to witness. A totally green horse willingly accepts these things without force, and by choosing to trust the human trainer.
How is this discovery related to building trustworthy leaders of people?
The capacity that we call trust is not an emotion. It is a capacity that can be developed based on conditions. If we can identify the human behavior and conditions to accelerate trust from Join-Up, then we can transfer these concepts to human-to-human relationships. The book walks readers through trust-building steps and skills to accelerate trust between humans.
Was it a fun book to write?
Yes, we interviewed a variety of people--from executives to staff at Monty's ranch to understand how Monty applies trust outside of the round pen with horses. The books includes an assessment that will help readers think more intentionally about their own leadership practices and how they can build more trusting relationships.