Lead­er­ship chal­lenge

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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

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