lighthorse business coaching approach

We co–create with our clients to ensure that our programs match their needs and their organization’s unique way of working.

Within organisations we work with executives as well as people on the floor. When building capacity, we believe in cascading it into the organization. Leading by example is crucial. Organizations can only transform if senior leaders first transform themselves. We address issues underneath the surface and trace underlying causes.

With our programs we help to unleash the hidden potential of individuals, teams and organizations; we shift limiting mindsets and blockages to reach effective behavior and desired outcomes.

We combine classroom learning with experiential learning to develop leadership capabilities, which are difficult to obtain by classroom training only.

We use a personal and thorough approach, which ensures lasting impact.

natural leadership

We believe that everybody has the potential to be a Natural leader and can learn how to unleash their power and reach desired outcomes.

Natural leaders have a clear direction. They build relations based on trust, respect and openness and are able to engage others along a common purpose. They are accountable for their results and know how to change situations through personal mastery. They are vital and manage their energy well.

Lighthorse uses a transformation framework to help you become a Natural leader. First you will understand your limiting pattern and how it affects your behavior, next you will unleash your power and develop new and effective behavior and finally you will reach your desired outcomes.

transformation vs change

Lighthorse facilitates transformations, not just change.

Change is incremental in nature, transformation is more fundamental. Within organizations you don’t produce progress and growth without the inner shifts of mindset and culture, the implementation of new structures, systems and processes.

In our personal transformation process the body and the way you think, feel and behave is key. This together with practicing new behavior results in rapid progress.

The latest research shows the enormous impact of how the wisdom of the body and mind can be used to bring about fundamental changes in behavior. Often the emphasis is rather placed on the cognitive dimension and what is revealed verbally. Yet the story that is told by the gestures, body posture, way of speaking, facial expression, and the movements of the body are more important than what we tell in words.

This non-verbal language reflects implicit processes that are formed in the brain and the body. They affect the way in which we are effective or not. You can learn to set yourself free of these processes and therefore you will be able to develop new behavior and reach desired outcomes.

health & performance

Most organizations primarily focus on performance, on being more efficient and becoming smarter. This is no longer enough to stay ahead of the game.

Leaders have to build organizational health and thereby improve performance and sustain the success of their organization. They  understand the importance for an organization to align, execute, and renew itself.

Organizational health is about acquiring and sustaining the qualities today that create the conditions for high performance tomorrow. Healthy organizations typically have a clear sense of direction. They have a culture which fosters trust, openness and engagement and enable continuous learning and improvement. There is a ‘can do’ culture, supported by effective processes. A healthy organization can easily adapt to external challenges and changes.

How healthy is your organization?

Lighthorse assesses the level of health.


Trust impacts the company’s bottom line more than anything else.

There can be a compelling vision, solid strategy, excellent communication skills, groundbreaking insights, and a skilled team, but if there is no trust, it will be hard to get the results you aim for. Leaders who create trustful environments within teams, improve output, morale, retention, innovation, loyalty, and revenue. People who trust one another feel comfortable around failure, weakness and even fears which are crucial for learning, innovation and performance. The absence of trust fosters skepticism, frustration, cynicism, silos, low productivity, and turnover.

Trust cannot be built overnight. It requires time, courage, effort and character.

The way Lighthorse engages with horses moves beyond the traditional mirroring work. Lighthorse has developed a powerful transformation framework that results in lasting behavioral change and reaching desired outcomes.

Horses are ideal for developing your learning goals because of their enormous mirroring ability. They have this talent because they are prey and herd animals. For their survival they need to sense what is going on within and outside the herd. As a result, they need to know what your body language tells. Not what you’re trying to show others, but what you really feel. Horses respond to your non-verbal communication. This can vary from being pushy, to freeze and ignoring your presence. While working with a horse you get immediate feedback. We ask questions to understand the underlying pattern of your behavior, explain what we see and what happens during the interaction with the horse. You will be able to practice new behavior and experience that this leads to desired outcomes. You get insights in how the way you think, feel and behave make a difference.


During the last century, organizations have focused on optimizing performance by implementing financial metrics and KPI’s. The latest research of management practices have revealed that only having performance as the center of interest prevents an organization from innovation, sustainable performance and staying ahead of the game.

We conducted a market research in which we interviewed 100 distinctive leaders of various sectors and backgrounds on how they have responded to change.

We asked them about the impact of major trends on their sector and business; about new challenges and opportunities that emerged; about the impact on the direction of the organization and the effect on the business model, the organization, its leadership and its employees.

Amongst them Bert van der Els; CEO Heymans N.V.; Peter Molengraaf CEO Alliander; Aart Roos CEO Auping; Tanja Nagel CEO Theodoor Gilissen; Robert Metzke Senior Director Group Strategy & Alliances Philips; Hein Knaapen, Chief HR Officer ING; Erik Geerling, Bestuursvoorzitter & Partner Nauta Dutilh; Alexandra van Huffelen, CEO GVB Amsterdam

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The interviews have been recorded with Skype and we captured a summary of the interviews in a video of approximately 3 minutes.