1. Take a group on a wilderness overnight trip.
Working together outside of a work or city environment can really enhance your interpersonal and leadership
skills. By separating yourself from the rest of the world you will be able to break down barriers and use the
important skill of communication. Problems will likely arise and problem solving skills will be required. You can
learn the importance of your role in a group and independently from such an experience.
2. Engage in Equine-Assisted Professional Development.
Horses are known for their incredible ability to connect with human beings. It has been proven that people can
learn, heal, and grow through equine-assisted programming. Rather than learning from a book, try having the
unique and beneficial experience of having a coaching horse mirror your leadership skills and teach you
essential areas for improvement. Trying out a horse professional development program may be exactly what you
need to better understand your personal leadership skills and areas for improvement. If you are interested in
such a leadership seminar, look for professionally trained horses such as those found through the HorseDream
3. Plan an entire day unplugged.
The internet and social media has brought us so many incredible opportunities, but it can also be a source of
distraction. Leadership requires attentiveness and awareness. These skills can be practiced and polished
through giving yourself time every once in a while to just experience your life in the moment. Separating yourself
from technology allows you to reconnect with who you are as a person and leader. By unplugging it may even
force you to plan things ahead of time!
4. Go on a hike, bike, horseback ride, or paddle outside of your comfort zone.
Sometimes it’s hard to practice or work upon your leadership skills when you are constantly working within your
comfort zone. Forcing yourself outside of that bubble and doing something completely unrelated to your normal
line of work, can sometimes be incredibly beneficial. Challenge yourself to partake in whatever nature related
activity makes you uncomfortable. Through this discomfort you will likely learn a lot about yourself and
experience personal growth.