The Human Herd Awakening Our Natural Leadership
By Beth Anstandig
Finally, a guidebook that unleashes our mammal instincts and shows us how to heighten our self-awareness, experience our lives more deeply, improve our relationships, and step into a more natural—and powerful—way to lead.
We are human animals.
Yet in the modern world, the natural signals of our mammal bodies are suppressed. Our instincts go unanswered as we move through our lives on autopilot, reacting to the latest dilemma instead of listening to the innate wisdom we carry. Without integrating this fundamental part of ourselves, we lack presence, joy, and passion in our daily lives and work, deeply affecting all aspects of our well-being and success.
To reclaim the innate power of our human animal...
we must learn to pay close attention to our inner world and the signals our mammal body sends us. When we wake up this vibrant part of our humanity, we have access to a new source of information which we can utilize to take better care of ourselves, to respond to pressures within and around us, to make sound decisions, and to build more authentic relationships in our lives and work.
This is our Natural Leadership, and it allows us to move through the world with a keen advantage that benefits our entire human herd.
Praise for The Human Herd
“A self-help book that taps into the wisdom of animals…to improve readers’ emotional health and leadership skills. A vivid, offbeat, and thought-provoking look at ways of dealing with the stresses of life.” – Kirkus Reviews
Beth Anstandig is changing the way organizations, leaders, and individuals use their power. As a life-long cowgirl, writer, university faculty member, and licensed psychotherapist, Beth has 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and training people in Natural Leadership—a model she pioneered. Natural leadership helps people awaken their innate awareness so they can live and work with more authentic relationships and connection.
Beth provides leadership, culture, and well-being programs through The Circle Up Experience. Together with an ever-growing menagerie of animals, Beth works with human herds onsite and online. She’s trained thousands of leaders and teams from some of the most renowned corporations, universities, and nonprofits.
Beth’s fresh perspective and work integrating basic animal practices into everyday human life have been featured in global media including BBC World Service, PBS, and Forbes. She is a frequent podcast guest, contributing writer for MomsRising, and an advisor and content creator for Kahilla: A Basecamp for Women on the Rise.
Beth has an MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Santa Clara University and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Beth is the author of A Garden of Forking Paths (Pearson Longman, 2006) and The Human Herd: Awakening Our Natural Leadership (Morgan James Publishing, 2022). She lives in mid-coast Maine with an expanding community of animal herds.
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