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The 5 Roles of a Master Herder: A Revolutionary Model for Socially Intelligent Leadership

May 25, 2017

What might we accomplish if we finally understood how to be powerful, together?

In this one-day indoor workshop, bestselling author Linda Kohanov shares compelling insights and practical tools from her new book The Five Roles of a Master Herder. This model—based on an ancient source of wisdom—offers a much needed perspective on how free, empowered people can navigate constantly changing social and economic climates. Linda looks at traditional herding cultures where tribes must manage large groups of powerful animals without the benefit of fences and with very little reliance on restraints. Master Herders exhibit a sophisticated understanding of leadership and group cohesion as they move through seasonal grazing lands, facing predators, and dealing with all kinds of challenges along the way. Linda skillfully adapts this nature-based wisdom into principles that can help adults and adolescents build trust, transform aggression, empower people and inspire them to work together for a better future. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you know how to employ these power- and relationship-building tools,” she says. “Understanding the differences between the five roles and how to combine them has been a revelation to executives, equestrians, educators, parents, counselors, and social service personnel—basically anyone interested in accessing the greener pasturers of their own untapped potential.”

Linda Kohanov presents an intriguing model for human organizations adapted from those found among animals…. An important addition to the literature on self-actualization, leadership, and natural horsemanship.

— Rick Lamb, PhD, author of Human to Horseman and coauthor of The Revolution in Horsemanship

“An innovative and practical nature-based approach to leadership — and life. It’s not just for corporate executives. Parents, teachers, community organizers, film directors, and especially politicians would all benefit from learning these skills.”

— William Shatner, actor, director, and author of Leonard and Up Till Now

The Five Roles of a Master Herder one-day workshop offers practical tools for taking horse-inspired wisdom back to the human world. You will:

  • Take the Master Herder Professional Assessment and receive coaching in how to interpret the results.
  • Discover the benefits and challenges of each role, as well as why balancing all five the roles is necessary to success in your personal as well as professional life.
  • Learn innovative skills for handling conflict and for motivating and empowering others.

This powerful indoor workshop offers compelling, nature-based tools for executives, managers, and coaches, as well as people who work in non-profit, social service, political and community-based organizations. Equestrians will explore the advantages of employing this model with horses. Parents and teachers will discover the benefits of balancing all five roles in working with and caring for children of all ages.
Since 2013, Linda has led this innovative training at businesses, conferences, universities and other international venues:

I wish I could have pulled in at least a half dozen other people I know who would have benefitted greatly.

—Susan Sullivan, Teacher

Linda’s revolutionary work delivers a tangible model for leadership and the tools to enable you and your team to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. If you recognize the need for change in the way we work and live, you won’t want to miss it.

—Michelle Denton, Adviser, Clinton White House

Fascinating and applicable to so many parts of our lives and work. Anyone interested in authentic relationships with humans and animals will benefit.

—Laura Williams, Equine-Facilitated Learning Practitioner

Changed my life and the life of everyone in the conference room…offered real insights into the behavior of groups to understand how companies are working and how we can improve our efficiency. Linda explained how to build relationships that can enable any individual to steer and leverage large and powerful organizations.

—Didier Tranchier, Founder and Director of the Executive MBA Program de L’Institute Mines-Teclcom, Paris


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May 25, 2017
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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