Leadership Wimmera is calling for applications for its 2019 programs.
Under the umbrella of Wimmera Development Association, Leadership Wimmera has been providing a pathway for people keen to develop their leadership skills in business and community environments for many years.
Leadership Wimmera offers two pathway courses – it’s business leaders program, designed to help people develop skills in senior management positions where they can foster regional business success and innovation, and a regional leadership skills program, which concentrates on building life skills to enhance participation in workplace, community and personal arenas.
Leadership Wimmera programs are designed to be accessible and affordable to everyone.
Business leaders group 2018 participant Emma Elsom, from ACE Radio Broadcasters, said after 16 years with ACE, 12 of those at management level, it was time to refresh her leadership skills.
“The business leaders course certainly did that,” she said.
“The course taught me how to lead my staff members and give them the attention they require to function at their best.
“It has also taught me not to just be their boss, but someone they can trust.”
Fellow business leaders group 2018 participant Amelia Crafter, from Wimmera Health Care Group, said the program helped her to acknowledge her natural strengths as a leader.
“It also helped me work out the areas I needed to improve on to enhance these natural strengths,” she said.
“I learnt that leadership isn’t about fitting a particular style or stereotype, but about being the best version of you.
“We often label leadership quite narrowly, but we all have the ability to lead, and lead well, if we are given the right tools and techniques – that is what the program did for me.”
Patrick White took part in a 2018 regional leadership skills course and urged people to consider making the most of the opportunity.
“Based on my experience this year, I say go for it,” he said.
“Even if you’re only the slightest bit interested in leadership – whether in your workplace, your community or at home – make the investment.
“I learnt so much about myself, my work colleagues and other people along the way.”
Leadership Wimmera, which is now accepting applications for both programs, also offers scholarships to suitable applicants.
People can apply online to be part of either course, at wda.org. au/leadership.
They can also find out more information from Emily Telfer at Wimmera Development Association by emailing [email protected] org.au or calling 5381 6507. I’d
“It has also taught me not to just be their boss, but someone they can trust” – Emma Elsom