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The Quiet Achiever at Work


Who are your quiet achievers at work? This is Chaska. She was named after the Inka goddess of dawn and dusk, the colour of her rich golden coat. Chaska’s Kaimanawa cousins roam the desert beneath Mount Ruapehu. She is a strong minded, generous little horse, just like her mother Nakita.


Chaska is our quiet achiever, who nimbly navigates her way through life’s daily the ups and downs. When there are disruptions within the herd, Chaska steps away and finds a peaceful spot to be. She is the first to be ready to work with our clients and the first to melt away out of sight once her job is done.


Over the years as a leader, I have seen several human versions like Chaska in my teams. These exceptional people typically work effectively without a fuss or agenda, but with a certain toughness and grit.


I believe that it is vital for us to pay attention to our quiet achievers and how they are doing, because just like horses, they can sometimes tolerate suffering in silence.


Who are your quiet achievers at work? How do you know what supports them to thrive through your leadership?


Managing Director – Salta Horses



Salta provides unique, practical leadership programmes designed for emerging leaders and those seeking to improve their people-skills. It combines one-on-one coaching, with outdoor learning and development work with horses as the teachers.


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Wow, what an amazing experience.

It was a chance to get up close to something that was larger and much more powerful than me without feeling fear or anxiety. I was asked to do some simple activities that required me to enter into a contract with the horse.

Words like unconditional trust, setting aside any preconceived notions of how we communicate without words and faith in one’s own abilities come to mind when I think about that day.

I gained such a deep understanding of my own processes which were personal and unique.

- Ruby