doggie dude ranch & training center

BOARDING | TRAINING | DAYCARE

doggie dude ranch & training center

BOARDING | TRAINING | DAYCARE

Four Keys to Power, Influence and Success

Photo of Key to Success
"Take a moment and list your life heroes. Whom do you most admire or have been your mentors? What figures have most influenced your life? What bosses or professors or teachers taught you the most? The qualities in each of these people will probably be similar, and they are the qualities of true leaders:"

Take a moment and list your life heroes.  Whom do you most admire or have been your mentors?  What figures have most influenced your life?  What bosses or professors or teachers taught you the most?  The qualities in each of these people will probably be similar, and they are the qualities of true leaders:

  1. They are concise, not wordy or chatty.
  2. They are principled, holding themselves and others to a clear standard while maintaining a kind and fair demeanor.
  3. They are focused on their goals, consistent and unflappable – not scattered, flighty nor prone to emotional displays of anger or frustration, however slight.
  4. They believe in their own ability.

This is a good list.  What is most interesting about it, however, is that these same leadership qualities play a role in all social animal groups as they sort out their leaders and followers.  The “leaders” in groups of animals also exhibit these four qualities.  Whether you’re talking people, cows, horses … or dogs!  Isn’t that fascinating?  The same focus, follow-through and self-assurance that I observed in the queen of our herd, Piggy the Cow, I saw in my mother and father.  I’ve seen it in the dogs through the years that have quietly but effectively taken control in our family pack.  I saw these qualities in Mrs. A, my high school English teacher, who taught me more about how to focus, meet deadlines, think deeply and work hard than any other person in my life.  If we follow a faith, we will also see these personal attributes in the spiritual leaders that we worship or follow.

Ponder this.  Then develop these four skills in yourself and watch your own power and influence begin to grow.   You will have more success with your dog, and with others…without ever raising your voice.

Camilla Gray-Nelson

Camilla Gray-Nelson

Camilla has over 50 years experience with animals (she grew up on the farm!). She has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989 and brings this broad background and knowledge of dog behavior to her clients and her business. Her life-long understanding of the animal mind helped her develop what has become her signature style of natural dog training and voice control, now simply referred to as the “Dairydell Method”. Camilla and her Dairydell Method have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, as well as on San Francisco TV’s Evening Magazine and View From the Bay. Camilla loves teaching – whether it’s dogs, their owners, or the horses you see her riding in Dairydell’s beautiful arena. When she’s not training, teaching or riding, Camilla is writing about her favorite subject: dogs and their people! Camilla holds professional memberships in both the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
Camilla Gray Nelson

Camilla Gray Nelson

Camilla has over 50 years experience with animals (she grew up on the farm!). She has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989 and brings this broad background and knowledge of dog behavior to her clients and her business. Her life-long understanding of the animal mind helped her develop what has become her signature style of natural dog training and voice control, now simply referred to as the “Dairydell Method”.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print

Leave a Comment