There are two types of Lead dogs, those that are born to it and those that are trained to it. I have had both but I find that in either case, how we work with our leaders can make the difference between a good leader and a great one! For me the words in the title represent the two main characteristics that I look for and work to “shape” in my leaders. My leaders need to be forward focused, that is they need to direct their attention ahead and down the trail, keeping the mainline tight. My leaders also need to be responsive, that is they need to be able to not only focus their direction forward but be listening and sensitive to my commands coming from behind them.