Never has there been a time more ripe for transformational leadership in Australian agriculture.
Leaders aren't born overnight. Leadership needs to be viewed by our sector as an on-going journey.
Six months ago I wrote about the need for the plethora of leadership development programs to be reimagined into programs with follow-through - programs that extend beyond a two-day conference or week long workshop.
Since then I've had plenty of time to reflect. My view on the need for a long-term lens when investing in leadership development hasn't changed.
But, in the short term we need to ensure the dollars already invested in the cause aren't wasted.
When generously sponsored to attend an industry event, conference or workshop - which typically last two to three days - how can we ensure the benefits of said opportunity are ongoing and have follow-through?
To a large extent this comes down to the individual beneficiary seeking the follow-through themselves. It's up to us to 'hustle'.
I asked Josh Farr, Founder of Campus Consultancy - who specialises in equipping young people with the skills to stand out in the 21st century workforce - for his top three tips on how to ensure attendance at an industry event has follow-through.
We need to come together as an industry and put more structure behind the development of our future leaders. We need to offer them support from all angles and respond to what they say they need next.
If we stop reinventing the wheel and started putting four-wheels on the cart, we can travel in the right direction, together.
For our sustainable future, experienced leaders and emerging leaders need to work together. The emerging need to be brave: step up, get involved, take a chance.
The experienced need to reach back down and pull us up.
By working together, we can ensure that our leadership journeys don't end when the industry event does.
- Youth Voices Leadership Team chair Dr Jo Newton
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