Apply now: Growing Leaders program

Friday, 28 February 2020

Applications are now open for the 2020 Growing Leaders Program.

Ten places are available for participants from the nursery industry who want to take the next step in their careers. This cross-industry program will challenge participants to reflect on what is expected of them as future leaders, as well as provide a set of tools and skills that will help them lead teams, and ensure their businesses are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

This program is an evolution of the previous Growing Green Industry Leaders Program, a four-month professional development course which equipped future nursery industry leaders with career-focused skills and knowledge. However, this new program also includes participants from other sectors including the vegetable, raspberry and blackberry, sweet potato as well as and fresh and processing potato industries. This program also includes two extra days: one of training and a dedicated field day.  Combined, these two days enable more time for deeper reflection and real-world application.

By taking a more holistic approach, the Growing Leaders Program provides an opportunity for different industries to learn from each other and their leadership practices.

Green Leaders’ Program alumni Mitchell Palmer, Production Manager at Eyles Citrus NSW, is an advocate for the program and how it created value for his business.

“I learnt so much about myself and how other people learn, react to things and think differently. Importantly, my management team recognise that this was not just an investment in me, but the business as well as I’ve since implemented new management practices within the organisation,” Mitchell said.

David Hanlon and Jill Rigney from The Right Mind are again delivering the program, aiming to challenge nursery industry participants to reflect on their current leadership practices and how they can collaborate with a wider range of industries to develop their approaches to leadership and best apply these to the running of their own businesses.

“It is transformational in its approach and provides a personal stretch to participants beyond what is traditionally offered,” David said.

“Participants leave with an urge to tackle things (either personally, organisationally or within their industry) that they have not done prior to taking on the program.”

Open to all levy-payers, the first Growing Leaders Program workshop will be held in Brisbane from 11-14 May, and a second workshop will take place in Melbourne from 10-11 August.

There is funding available for up to ten participants from the nursery industry, which will be fully funded by nursery levies. This does not include travel, accommodation or all meals.

Applications close Friday 27 March.

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Project code: MT18016