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Leadership experience

Nothing replaces experience to grow your leadership skills. Here are some industry organisations that have a range of leadership roles.

The RBN provides an opportunity for rural based business people to participate in professional development to grow their businesses through networking and learning.  The RBN aims to connect bright, innovative, ambitious people with successful like-minded businessmen and women.  This creates an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by others.  Through the RBN, businesses are connected across different sectors of the primary industry to share ideas and identify innovative opportunities.

The RBN operates through a network of locally based Hubs throughout New Zealand.  At quarterly meetings, people can meet motivated, innovative rural business people who understand that collaboration and cooperation builds successful businesses.  

The RBN aims to deliver four key outcomes at each meeting:

  • Interesting, relevant key note speakers
  • Question and Answer sessions for in-depth understanding
  • Networking
  • Socialising



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

Beef + Lamb New Zealand supports the sheep and beef sector’s future leaders by investing in a range of leadership programmes. Along with other organisations, we fund training to help you reach your leadership potential.

Website: Beef + Lamb New Zealand Leadership Programmes 

DairyNZ funds a range of programmes aimed at enabling dairy farmers realise their leadership potential.

Click here to learn about DairyNZs involvement in Human Capability and Leadership Programmes.

Click here to read about Building Dairy Environment Leaders (BDEL).

Website: DairyNZ

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