Herdship /həːdʃɪp/ noun
The movement of being a member of a herd, helping the herd prosper through a combination of being, leading and following based on a few hard rules
The state or position of being a herd member
For people in a community/organisation – the movement of being a member of that community and being and moving like a herd member, supporting the purpose of the community/organisation through a combination of being, leading and following based on a few hard rules
The state or position of being as a herd member would be
Leadership: a process
Lessons from herds
In the 20 years I have worked in leadership and organisational development I have come to realise that leadership is best understood as a process rather than as a property of one person. As I was working in organisations on leadership I was also learning more about herds and groups in nature.
And the combination of my work in organisations and my understanding of how herds organise, has shown me that leadership is always a process and typically can start anywhere in the organisation. Change flows from those who have energy to move towards purpose, in herds and in organisations.
I have worked at many levels in and with organisations and I find that it is the layer that most find most challenging that I find most promising. It's in the middle that change is discovered, followed and brought to life.
Working with leaders who work in the cauldron of the middle is what I most enjoy and what I am best at. Being with you as you face the inertia and the potential of the organisation and figure out your way to be with it as you discover how you can allow the change that is emerging to flow.
"We cannot change anything unless we accept it"
Being with you as you move towards purpose
Showing the system as it unfolds
Organisations are continually changing too, yet often we are trying to disturb the system without seeing what is already there, we try and build stability without honouring the stability we have. In my organisational coaching we start with what is and what wants to emerge from there. Allowing the energy to flow
Being with you as you change
We are continually changing in life and in our roles in organisations, yet we don't always know that we are changing. As your coach I witness both how you are now and how you are changing. I help you explore where you are going and where you would love to go and how to make sure these are connected.
As a consultant and coach my expertise is in leadership development that systemically impacts the organisation and in organisational development that grows systemic leaders. Clients say that I co-creates spaces where people can
show up fully, find what they don’t know they know and (re)discover what inspires them. Spaces where people can feel, think and listen to their own voice and the field around them, making meaning of patterns which may so far have been unconscious. Through my way of reframing what has been in front of their eyes all along, clients may notice what they had not paid attention to before.
I have worked in and with, predominantly, large international organisations (e.g. Shell and ABB) on leadership development and change. I love working with people in organisations to discover their power and capability to make a difference, how small, well timed and rightly placed interventions can make a significant impact.
I am also a horsewoman, photographer and poet. I breed Icelandic horses which grow up on the land around me, capturing their movement as a herd in my “herdtography”.
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