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Horse sense: Seminar builds leadership skills

By Angie Hart

Horses don’t mince words. So, if you’re looking for honest, reliable feedback about your leadership and communication style, University of Calgary Continuing Education suggests you talk to a horse. Yes, a horse.

Leadership: From Horse Sense to People Smarts is a unique one-day seminar available through U of C—both as a public seminar and as contract training for organizations. The program is ideal for people looking to assess and improve their communication, relationship and overall leadership skills. For corporations, it is a unique leadership training seminar.

University groups may consider booking sessions for team-building experiences. Staff can use their tuition support towards the program fees.

“Getting a horse to do what you want is easier than you think,” says Elizabeth Scott, a program director with Continuing Education. “It just takes finesse. You have to establish a relationship with the horse, and clearly communicate your intent.”

“There’s a great deal that can be learned through the interaction that takes place in this seminar,” says Scott. “It’s perfect for groups of up to 10, especially for people who are in, or aspire to, positions of leadership.”

The hands-on program partners people with horses and is taught by Continuing Education instructors Nancy Lowery and Dr. Fred Jacques. All of the activities in the session emphasize the importance of relationship skills to a leader’s success.

To book Leadership: From Horse Sense to People Smarts, for your group, or to be put on a waiting list for the next public offering, call 220-2988.

U of C Continuing Education offers a wide variety of public seminars, all of which can be adapted to corporate or university groups. Information is also available at