Authors: Linda Kohanov
Copyright Â© 2013 by Linda Kohanov
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Â Â The power of the herd : a nonpredatory approach to social intelligence, leadership, and innovation / Linda Kohanov.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-57731-676-3 (hardcover : alk. paper) â ISBN 978-1-57731-681-7 (ebook)
1. Social intelligence. 2. Leadership. 3. HorsesâPsychological aspects. 4. Animals
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Part III. Horse Sense at Work:
The Twelve “Power of the herd” Guiding Principles
hroughout history, knights in shining armor often rode spirited,
well-trained horses like those featured on the cover of this book. If you're an experienced equestrian, you know that these luminous creatures aren't white; they're gray. And they were, in all likelihood, born black.
Pure white horses are extremely rare. Some experts argue that they don't even exist. All those movie heroes racing around on snow-colored stallions are riding older mounts whose youthful coal-colored coats lightened dramatically over time â as their focus, self-control, and athletic prowess increased through years of careful training.
Dark horses slowly turning gray, then silver, then white are the
metaphor for developing power â innovative, compassionate, and mentally, emotionally, and socially intelligent power. The more faithfully we work to bring our talents out of the shadows, shining a light on those notoriously elusive areas related to creativity, charisma, and mutually supportive relationships, the more quickly we are bound to excel.
If black horses represent unconscious, unbridled spirit, energy, intuition, and instinct, the process of developing this raw “material,” of making it fully conscious, is, truly, the path we must undertake today. We can no longer wait for great leaders to emerge accidentally, as radiant freaks of nature whose inspiring presence nonetheless remains mysterious, untranslatable, unteachable to others. The stakes are much too high.
In my fifty-plus years on this planet, so much has changed. Like millions of other baby boomers, I've seen racial segregation and “traditional,” 1950s-style
family structures erode and evolve under the influence of civil rights, women's liberation, the sexual revolution, the fall of the communist empire, financial deregulation, economic strife, and the creation of the Internet, among other social and technological upheavals.
Many of these forces combined in 2008, leading to the election of Barack Obama, our first mixed-race U.S. president, a development my conservative southern grandparents couldn't have imagined in their wildest dreams. Yet no matter who runs for this coveted office in the future, this presidential race marked a significant turning point in American history â for other reasons as well.
The Republican ticket would have been equally disturbing to my prim and proper grandma: a conventionally respectable war hero with an outspoken woman vice-presidential running mate â whose daughter was pregnant out of wedlock, no less? In the mid-twentieth century, this self-proclaimed “mama grizzly” would have been completely, unquestionably ostracized by members of her own sex for all kinds of behavior unbecoming a matriarch.
Despite her seemingly militant support of traditional values, Sarah Palin's very presence on that political stage represented a significant innovation for a new kind of family, one in which empowered women might become leaders while also showing compassion and acceptance for the many challenges future generations face upon entering this world. What she was
in her conservative, at times aggressive, speeches hadn't yet caught up to the promise of what she was living. Maverick, indeed!