The Green Industry Growing Leaders’ program (MT16002) is approaching the end for 2019 participants, wrapping up four-months of new learnings and hard work with a final two-day Leadership Forum in Brisbane on 1-2 August.
This professional development course aims to equip future leaders of our industry with the skills and knowledge to progress their careers and grow their businesses. Participants learn about good management techniques, how to empower a workforce, and the importance of continued professional development to remain at the forefront of growth.
The program kicked off in May with a two-day introductory forum in Sydney, which brought together 15 participants from the Australian nursery industry, as well as five from the turf industry.
At the induction, program conveners, The Right Mind, coordinated a series of lessons, activities and tasks that encouraged participants to reflect on their own management styles. They were also given the opportunity to network with industry leaders; hearing their insights on the importance of good management in order to get the most out of their staff, and to successfully create change and growth within businesses.
Since the introductory forum, participants have undertaken their own workplace project; practically applying the skills and tools learnt in the program to their own businesses.
To support their continued development throughout the program, participants have taken part in several webinars, and coaching and mentoring sessions, aimed at further developing their leadership approach, skills and styles. The webinars received great engagement from participants and covered interesting topics, such as how to appropriately manage scenarios and biases in the workplace.
At this point in the program, participants are activating their workplace projects. At the final workshop, the 2019 participants will present their projects to the group; sharing their insights on leadership and people management skills.
One of the nursery participants this year is James Edge, National Sales Manager at Humphris Nursery in Mooroolbark, Victoria.
“I feel very fortunate to be selected to take part in the 2019 Green Leaders Program and to have the opportunity to network with likeminded people from across the country. The program is helping me to develop several different tools and methods, that will help me better support employees, the business, and our industry in the future,” James said.
Keep an eye out for updates on the 2019 Green Leaders’ including their feedback on the upcoming Leadership Forum, as well as their insights gained throughout the program.
For more background on the program, visit: https://bit.ly/2DYiY4Z
The Green Leaders Program is run by management consultancy firm, The Right Mind, and funded by Hort Innovation using turf and nursery levies and funds from the Australian Government.