In A Nutshell

Leadership Development isn’t easy.  

Experienced Leaders have patterns of behaviours they have used for years that helped them get promoted but may getting in the way.   Marshall Goldsmith talks about “what got you here can’t get you there” – breaking those patterns is hard.

New Leaders don’t have the experience yet to know how they will perform under pressure – will they be able to use their new leadership skills or will they take charge and push through without knowing the long term impact of their actions.

If you are willing to take the risk on an unusual experience we can shift behaviours in one day that have been stuck for years, build confidence, help task leaders become big picture leaders, give leaders a true appreciation for differences in perspectives and create a deep appreciation for feedback. 

We all intend to be great leaders, yet few truly are.   Leaders can get to the next stage in their development with they truly understand the difference between intention and impact.  This is where the horses come in.   Horses are not impressed by business cards or intentions – they respond to actions.  

Horses (and  humans) will follow willingly where there is trust and respect – and oddly the same behaviours will build or break trust – its the nature of leadership.    Leadership Lessons learned in a Horse Sense session are never forgotten – and they are a lot more engaging than any slidedeck. 

The leadership theory underlying every Horse Sense programs will add new meaning to what they have already learned – Emotional Intelligence, Ladder of Inference, Team theory, 

Interacting with horses is optional – those who watch also participate in learning. In most groups, we start out with a few people who don’t like horses at all (that isn’t how we end up).

Why do  Management Consultants do Leadership Development with us? 

  • Because horses are way more interesting than slide decks.
  • Because we bring Leadership Lessons to Life
  • Because earning Followership is a critical Leadership skill that doesn’t get talked about enough
  • Because we get true behavioural change in only one day
  • Because the program is unique, memorable, powerful, engaging, uplifting and fun and has a huge impact

It only takes about 15 minutes to know if there is a fit.


*Dr. David S. Weiss, ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500, social enterprise and public-sector organizations. Previously, Affiliate Professor of Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University, and VP and Chief Innovation Officer in a multinational consulting firm, David currently teaches at four university executive development programs, including Rotman, Schulich, DeGroote, and St, Mary’s University.

Dr. Weiss attended was a faculty member in an executive leadership program that ran for 10 years. His Leadership unit was followed by a custom Execusense program.