Summary of The Five Roles of a Master Herder

A Revolutionary Model for Socially Intelligent Leadership

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The Five Roles of a Master Herder book summary
Learn practical executive insights from an equine-based leadership model.


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Best-selling author Linda Kohanov, the founder of Eponaquest Worldwide, offers a “socially intelligent” leadership model she meticulously developed through in-depth academic research, ethnographic study and practical experience, including being an experienced equestrian. She adapts the wisdom of ancient nomadic “Master Herders” into a functional leadership framework. Her equine-based approach emphasizes balancing five essential roles seen in the behavior of herd animals: “Dominant, Leader, Sentinel, Nurturer/Companion and Predator.” Kohanov’s leadership philosophy incorporates respect for all beings in the actual and metaphorical food chain. Whether your herd is a business, a family, or a religious, charitable, political or governmental organization, getAbstract recommends Kohanov’s innovative yet ageless approach to leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “Five Roles of a Master Herder” entail
  • What characteristics define each role
  • How to employ these roles within your business or tribe


Welcome Indigo Moon
Rasa, a black horse, is in labor. By her side, Linda Kohanov, her human companion, encourages Rasa to lie down. The foal is emerging before Rasa’s water breaks and it may drown in amniotic fluid. Kohanov punctures the sac as the ranch manager, Shelley Rosenberg, arrives...
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About the Author

Psychotherapist Linda Kohanov, who practices equine-facilitated therapy, founded Eponaquest Worldwide and wrote the bestseller The Tao of Equus, as well as Riding Between the Worlds, The Power of the Herd and The Way of the Horse (with artist Kim McElroy).

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