Fos­ter­ing our cot­ton lead­ers

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

COT­TON Aus­tralia and the Cot­ton Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has an­nounced the ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod for the 2018 Aus­tralian Fu­ture Cot­ton Lead­ers Pro­gram has opened.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted from as­pir­ing lead­ers from across the cot­ton sup­ply chain.

Dur­ing the pro­gram par­tic­i­pants will meet for two face-to-face fo­rums, de­velop in­dus­try part­ner­ships and at­tend cot­ton in­dus­try ac­tiv­i­ties to fur­ther de­velop their lead­er­ship skills and net­works.

The pro­gram starts in May and con­cludes in Oc­to­ber.

Fu­ture Cot­ton Lead­ers Pro­gram di­rec­tor Paul Slo­man said the pro­gram’s key pur­pose was to pre­pare par­tic­i­pants for fu­ture lead­er­ship roles in the cot­ton in­dus­try.

“The pro­gram has proven to be a great suc­cess in sup­port­ing lead­er­ship suc­ces­sion plans,” he says.

“Al­ready we have seen grad­u­ates step up to new roles and many have rep­re­sented the cot­ton in­dus­try on re­gional, state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.”

Aaron Kiely – a cot­ton grower from Emer­ald who was part of the pre­vi­ous in­take – at­tributes the pro­gram with es­tab­lish­ing his lead­er­ship vi­sion and di­rec­tion in the in­dus­try.

“The pro­gram chal­lenged and in­spired me to re­ally ques­tion what my role was in the in­dus­try and how I could make a dif­fer­ence,” Mr Kiely said.

I am more con­fi­dent in my­self and my busi­ness and I have stepped up to take on the pres­i­dent’s role for the Cen­tral High­lands Cot­ton Grow­ers and Ir­ri­ga­tors As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Katie Broughton, a re­searcher with CSIRO in Narrabri, en­cour­ages oth­ers who wish to de­velop their in­dus­try and lead­er­ship skills to get on board with the 2018 pro­gram.

“The in­ter­ac­tion with other pro­gram par­tic­i­pants gave me the op­por­tu­nity to learn about their roles from across the whole cot­ton in­dus­try. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity,” Ms Broughton said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Paul Slo­man at 0448 094 883 or email [email protected]­ton.org.au.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the pro­gram close May 4.

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AP­PLY NOW: Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2018 Aus­tralian Fu­ture Cot­ton Lead­ers Pro­gram have opened.

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