Essential Strides Coaching Services

Leadership Training & Teambuilding Workshops

It’s not just business…it’s life!


  • Have you gone to leadership classes that gave you information but no useful skills?
  • Have you learned personality types, but not learn how to leverage that into productivity?
  • Is unclear or confusing communication damaging relationships at work?
  • Do your employees feel free to talk about their difficulties and in which work pressure and stress can be discussed openly? Are they encouraged to ask questions?
  • If we could teach you to communicate effectively with any person would you be interested?
  • If you could know how to earn deference and trust could you see how that could increase productivity and job satisfaction?
What is the most important inter-relational skill a leader should have?  
Effective Communication is the key to success in relationships that leads to trust that leads to optimal outcomes:  Increased Productivity, Healthy Relationships, Unity.
Effective Communication is listening well to understand the words being communicated, asking questions to avert potential miscommunications, and using expressive language the receiver can understand clearly.
Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood ~ Stephen Covey
“Why Use Horses?”
At Equine Life Solutions, we use horses to enrich your learning experience as we delve into and discover how horses use clear, consistent communication that effectively transmits intent and action…but only if you can perceive their language and see the world through their point-of-view.  Since the workshop activities are non-riding, experience is not required.
If you think employees, bosses or coworkers are tough, try communicating with horses!  They survive and cooperate with humans as partners through effective communication.  Horses have no problem communicating with each other…humans have problems communicating with horses…and…other humans.  Hmmm…
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”    James Humes

What Is Leadership Training?

Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself–your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers.” –Dee Hock
Each Company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business it’s in. Yet it’s no longer enough to be a functional expert. To complement these unique core competencies or hard skills, there are certain “soft skills” every company looks for in a potential hire or promotion into a leadership position.
“Soft skills” refer to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make someone a good leader and compatible to work for and with. Companies value soft skills because research suggests and experience shows that they can be just as important an indicator of job performance as hard skills.
Essential Strides Coaching Services teaches “soft skills” to people in leadership positions or would like to attain a leadership position.  This includes managers, supervisors, coaches, teachers, employees, sales, and customer service specialists.
What are some examples of “soft skills” employers are looking for and assess in potential employees or leaders?
Motivated/Dedicated:  Strong Work Ethic
Optimistic/Willing to Learn:  Positive Attitude
Good Communication:  Verbally articulate and a good listener
Time Management: Ability to organize and use time wisely
Problem-Solving Skills:  Resourceful and creative
Acting as a Team Player:  Ability to cooperate and change roles on a team
Self-Confidence:  Ability to project calm, assertive energy
Empathy:  Sees the world through another’s point-of-view
Humility:  Ability to accept and learn from feedback and own one’s mistakes
Flexibility/Adaptability:  Open-minded and willing to change as needed Resilience:  Works well under pressure
Social Savvy:  Awareness and genuine sensitivity to another’s differences
While this list is not exhaustive and is important for success in all levels of employment, one of the most important “soft skills” for leaders to learn is Effective Communication.


Leadership is equal parts rapport and respect and essential to building trust in a team or individual employees.  We believe effective communication is a leader’s single most critical management tool for making this happen. When leaders take the time to explain what they mean, both explicitly (by carefully defining their visions, intentions, and directions) and implicitly (through their behavior), they assert much-needed influence over the vague but powerful notions that otherwise run away with employees’ imaginations. By clarifying amorphous terms and commanding and managing the corporate vocabulary, leaders effectively align precious employee energy and commitment within their organizations.
Effective Communication is the key to building an productive team.  
Does one team member lead or dominate the conversation, leaving others’ quiet and not participating?
Are arguments common and productive conversations rare?