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Leadership development

For those that are considering taking on leadership roles in the agriculture industry; there are many options out there to help you grow your leadership skills.

Meet other dynamic farmers, politicians, industry leaders and policy advisors and gain practical, hands on, experience - learn and practice critical thinking, presenting and strong influencing. Be a team leader.

Federated Farmers understands the importance and benefits of training as an integral part of furthering your personal development and growth of your agriculture business in New Zealand.

Level One Course: 2 days
This course designed for people not currently active in a leadership role, but who are thinking of getting more involved in the future. The aim is to inspire and excite you with the tools to lead and influence others. The participants learn and practice engaging with policy people, decision makers and politicians. They investigate issues, gather relevant data and present the case. It is all about experiencing what it is like to actually do the advocacy and lobbying.

Website: Federated Farmers

Escalator Programme -  
 Creating leaders in New Zealand agriculture.

 The 10-month Escalator programme develops current and future leaders with the skills and capabilities to govern and lead rural organisations, farming businesses and communities.

Involving small numbers with the ability to make a big impact, Escalator builds on and enhances skills women have accumulated within their businesses and communities. The programme teaches the ‘what you need’ but more importantly it teaches the ‘how you do it’.

Through the programme, women gain greater confidence and ability in:

  • governance and leadership
  • financial/commercial understanding for business
  • negotiation, collaboration, influencing
  • communication
  • critical thinking, thinking differently in order to get new results
  • working as part of a team and finding strengths within it

Four key programme components

  1. Five intensive two or three-day modules in Wellington every two months
  2. A distance learning programme that cements the module experience
  3. Mentoring from an expert a chosen field
  4. Cohort development

 Understanding Your Farming Business

 Engaging women as critical farming partners

Understandin Your Farming Business (UYFB) aims to better engage farming women as critical partners in their farming businesses through building business knowledge, skills and confidence. Early evaluations show that business changes being initiated by women on the programme could add up to $20,000 profit to the farm bottom line. UYFB is for women involved in a sheep and beef farming business wishing to have a greater understanding of their business drivers and seeking the skills and confidence to participate more in their businesses.

In a relaxed and supportive environment participants will explore:

  • the key drivers and language of their farming business
  • how to measure farm performance and potential
  • key financial documents and how to find and assess the information they want
  • who’s on their trusted team
  • business planning to improve farm performance
  • the value they can add as a more engaged critical farming partner and how to do it

Website: AWDT

Each year up to three scholarships are awarded by the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust; these are New Zealand's most valuable and prestigious farming awards.

The award offers the opportunity for overseas travel, study of the latest developments in a number of leading agricultural countries, and provides an entrée to leaders and decision makers not accessible to the ordinary traveller.

In addition, the New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust provides a network for information through newsletters, the website and conferences between former scholars to keep them up to date with Trust developments.

Website: Nuffield New Zealand

The New Zealand Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme develops emerging agribusiness leaders to help shape the future of New Zealand agribusiness and rural affairs with two intakes per year - one in January and one in June.

Through residential workshops, seminars, a group visit to Wellington and personal study over a six month period, up to 24 men and women who live and work in rural New Zealand meet to:

  • develop solid leadership skills
  • learn how political, cultural, social, economic and physical forces impact on New Zealand agribusiness; and
  • establish networks with leaders from New Zealand and beyond.


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