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Emerging Leaders Development Workshop

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How It Works

The Horse Institute's Emerging Leaders Development workshop is designed to prepare tomorrow's leaders for key senior management responsibilities, including:

  • Delegation

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Influencing without authority

  • Managing difficult conversations

  • Giving feedback

  • Inspiring and motivating

This open enrollment program allows participants to interact with peers from other industries who face similar challenges. To ensure quality engagement, the workshop is limited to 12 participants and lasts two-and-a-half days.


2 ½ Day Workshop Includes...

...Clifton Strengths online personal assessment -- completed by each participant and submitted for faculty review in advance of the program.

...Series of 30-minute experiential, goal-oriented exercises led by certified facilitators in partnership with equine faculty.


...Activity-by-activity debrief with leadership experts who have successful track records with Fortune 100 companies and the world's best academic institutions. 

...Deep-dive exploration to call out "Aha!" moments, capture insights and draw parallels to the day-to-day work environment. 

...Wrap-up outlining specific action items and behaviors that can transform team productivity and workplace performance.

No prior horse experience required.

No horseback riding involved.

Today's Reality

Identifying the rising stars in a company is just the beginning. Every company has managers and directors who are just about to step into a bigger role. They need to acquire the leadership skills that help them transition from being experts at what they do to inspiring others to deliver above and beyond expectations.

A Fresh Reality

At The Horse Institute, promising talent acquires life-long skills to be effective leaders. They gain a candid self awareness and rich insights around how others think and engage -- perspective gained through developing their Emotional Intelligence.  It's about recognizing individuals' strengths, then leveraging them into a high-functioning network. It's about being able to stay in the here and now, where productivity flourishes. The philosophy comes to life in The Horse Institute's unique leadership development methodology.

Eye-Opening Results

With horses, emerging leaders experience what it feels like to lead with confidence, to hear and be heard. They discover the impact of being fully in the present, for themselves as they let go of limiting beliefs and anxiety about the future; and for others, when they use their own strengths and tap into the the team's strengths.

What Next?

To explore an Emerging Leaders Development Workshop for your team and book a date, contact Marie-Claude Stockl at 518-929-7202.


Note:  No prior horse experience required. No horseback riding involved.

"The knowledge that horses have an almost 360 degree perspective was very powerful for me. It reminded me to always look to what's going on around me and to understand and know what I can learn and use."

 Wharton, Leadership Program Development

A Fresh Eyes Experience from Start to Finish...


The Horse Institute's Fresh Eyes experience extends beyond the equine classroom to your:


Book your stay just minutes from The Horse Institute at the contemporary Inn at Pine Plains on Main Street, or local B&Bs. We're happy to offer suggestions and assist you with booking.

Farm-to-Table Dining

Suppliers to NYC's best restaurants surround The Horse Institute. Local chefs trained in France and at the Culinary Institute of America prepare the meals served on site.

Around the Corner and Across the Globe

The Horse Institute is located on 30 scenic acres in the historic Hudson Valley of New York, about 100 miles north of New York city and easily accessible from:

  • Around the Corner: Drive from any point in the New York City metro area, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

  • Across the Globe: Fly into any New York City metro area airport: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International; as well as surrounding Hudson Valley airports: Albany International, Stewart International.

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Day 3:  Performance Outcomes

  • Create a roadmap for the future

  • Identify resources

                                *Subject to modification

Day 2:  Performance Outcomes

  • Be a congruent communicator

  • Create and deliver a memorable message

  • Answer the tough questions


Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

  • Why developing EI matters

  • Overview of EI framework

  • Self- and social-awareness in action

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • First Impressions

  • Leading Exercise



Emotional Intelligence Skills

  • Emotional self-management

  • Managing others' emotions

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Leadership in a box

Day 1:  Performance Outcomes

  • Assess how you show up and how that impacts your effectiveness

  • Use EI concepts to increase your ability to solve problems and lead a team


Communication Skills for Leaders

  • Get to the point

  • Mind map

  • Active listening and questions

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Life's little obstacles

  • Merry-go-round



Conflict Resolution

  • Difficult conversations

  • Effective feedback

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Leadership transitions


Align and Inspire

  • Force Field Analysis

  • Round table discussion

Experiential Learning with Horses

  • Field of dreams

  • Finish line




Day 2:  Communication

Day 3:  Change and Innovation

Day 1:  Emotional Intelligence (EI)

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