Ini­tia­tive to help in­spir­ing lo­cal lead­ers to lead

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRISTINE WALSH

An ini­tia­tive for peo­ple ahead at the top of their game is chal­leng­ing peo­ple to re­de­fine how they view lead­er­ship.

The Legacy Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (LLDP) shows that lead­er­ship is not re­served solely for peo­ple in high places. It coaches as­pir­ing lead­ers to en­gage in civic lead­er­ship.

Peo­ple who get with the pro­gramme learn the per­sonal and so­cial ben­e­fits of help­ing oth­ers by un­der­tak­ing a ‘pas­sion­ate project’ while nav­i­gat­ing four chunky lead­er­ship themes dur­ing the year.

The projects can fo­cus on any­thing that strikes their so­cial con­science chord, and pro­motes pos­i­tive re­sults for them­selves, their fam­ily, or com­mu­nity.

New Ply­mouth’s Char­lotte Ward owns Silk Spa, and is a for­mer pro­gramme grad­u­ate and her pas­sion­ate project en­tailed of­fer­ing mini mas­sages and man­i­cures to pa­tients or par­ents of chil­dren at Taranaki Base Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘It was very much more about lead­ing for a pur­pose. It was a re­ally in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence to go on,’’ Ward said.

Course grad­u­ate Kather­ine Blaney is the owner of As­sis­tia and a con­sul­tant who sup­ports small busi­ness own­ers to op­er­ate more ef­fi­ciently, and have a strong on­line pres­ence.

‘‘The pro­gramme has re­de­fined how I view lead­er­ship,’’ Blaney said.

The con­cept of servant lead­er­ship in­spired her ‘pas­sion­ate project’ that took shape as the group, On the House. The not-for-profit group re­dis­tributes sur­plus food to peo­ple in need in the com­mu­nity.

The nine-day LLDP has been de­liv­ered in Taranaki since 2012 by Gog­gles On di­rec­tor Greg Kirk. Come 2019, it is set to switch from be­ing not-for-profit to a na­tional for-profit pro­gramme based out of

‘‘It was very much more about lead­ing for a pur­pose. It was a re­ally in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence to go on’’

Char­lotte Ward

Hamil­ton.

The call goes out for lead­ers or as­pir­ing lead­ers who are keen to give back, be­fore its fi­nal cur­tain falls in Taranaki. The pro­gramme runs in New Ply­mouth for 12 months and in­cludes four two-day work­shops spread across Fe­bru­ary, May, Au­gust and Novem­ber.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for this year’s pro­gramme close on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 31, with the first day be­ing Fe­bru­ary 28. Email greg@gog­gle­son.co.nz for an ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age.

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Silk Spa owner Char­lotte Ward is a for­mer grad­u­ate and huge fan of the Legacy pro­gramme.

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