Happy Spring! After a long winter, it’s time to celebrate the season of rebirth, growth and renewal. This is a perfect time to check in with yourself and your business to be sure that you are the CONFIDENT, EFFECTIVE, BALANCED, and BOLD leader you need to be to achieve your goals.

Horses never willingly follow doubtful leaders. Neither do staff, prospects, or clients. In fact, nothing willingly follows a doubtful leader except STRESS.

Just the other day, the approach I was using with a horse was not effective. She cantered around me, tossing her head, kicking out, and ran faster and faster. I realized that my leadership was too weak – she didn’t respect or trust me. A bolder move was required. So, I stepped right in her path. She stopped (whew!) and almost immediately relaxed and sought my direction. Now, I DO NOT recommend standing in the path of an oncoming horse, however, this horse symbolized what can happen in your business or life when you are not in the driver’s seat. Others lose confidence. You lose confidence. Things start to unravel.

To work and live by your own design, you MUST be willing to put a STOP to something that is out of alignment. You must be willing to be honest and face the truth about your own leadership and change course. And confront yourself and others.

So, take a look at your business and life and ask yourself a few questions:

• Am I happy and achieving the results I desire?
• What am I tolerating? Why?
• Where do I need to clarify boundaries?
• What structure/system would help me?
• Do I need support?

Horses live very simple lives. In the herd, the leader is effective and respected or she’s REPLACED. A good leader takes care of her herd, keeps them safe, and gives them structure. Each member has a specific role and responsibility and boundaries are clearly enforced.

I work with CEOs and business owners on these issues every day. I help them be confident, effective, balanced, and bold leaders who make great decisions, develop high impact strategies and achieve their goals (and find the good grass!). So consider where you may need to make a few changes. Then MAKE them and watch the magic happen! Here’s to a spring full of great prosperity, possibility, and joy for YOU!