We are proud to facilitate a number of leadership programs for the Australian agricultural sector. One of these is the Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program. Hosted by Cotton Australia in partnership with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the program is run every two years. We have just kicked off the 6th program. There are now approximately 100 graduates across Australia. We met up with some of our graduates at the Australian Future Cotton Leaders Dinner in Moree. Each of them spoke at dinner and shared some learnings and tips about leadership in the real world. It was a highlight for our 2018 group. Read what they said here....
Be self aware and have awareness of others. This means, understand how you go about things. And always remember that "my way" is not necessarily the only way."
Networking is awesome. Network as much as you can and learn from those around you. Leadership is not always a position, it is a behaviour. Look after yourself. You need to be your best person.
Embrace other people's perspectives. Don't be afraid of collaboration, find common ground and you will achieve much more with others than what you can on your own.
Leaders own up to mistakes. Be willing to open up and own your mistakes. Show you are human.
It's really important to understand yourself. Network with confidence and learn from those you meet. Review and develop through the support of others.
Think positive thoughts..... its as simple as that!
Complacency ruins perfectionism. You can't have reliance on people all the time. Surround yourself with good people. Employ attitude and develop skill. You don't need to fill a room with noise. Don't hold back on feedback - give generous feedback.
Don't overthink things. Sometimes (especially with staff) you can't make people into 'leaders'. Communication is key. Find out what ticks people's boxes and what motivates them to do what they do. Play to this. If you say you are going to do something then do it. Follow through on your actions. TRUST is a big thing - take time to develop this with people and especially staff. Be your best person, be the best leader you can.
I took a lot away from the Personality Assessment - Myers Briggs. It's important to identify your own and other people's personalities and be able to communicate with others tapping into their needs. And a lesson for media. its OK to say I don't know and refer them to others who will know. And then continue on in your interview by talking about something that you do know.
"Follow through on your actions. TRUST is a big thing - take time to develop with people and especially staff."
For more information about the Australian Future Cotton Leader programs and other leadership programs we facilitate, please contact us here.