NY99045 - Analysis of Rural Leadership Courses

Leadership is often discussed in terms of a person’s attitude, their ability to change, to develop a vision, having commitment, experience, being able to present arguments, and being able to gain support from the wider community. The nursery industry has identified the need for development of future industry leaders. The industry recognizes the need to develop the above characteristic in potential industry leaders through a formalized program. The project undertook to determine the leadership qualities needed within the industry and then relate this back to the courses available. Nine courses were identified. All courses except the Australian Rural Leadership Program had very similar course content and were aimed at a similar level, which are those people who are enthusiastic in their industry but need direction. It was found that the nursery industry should consider supporting a leadership course aimed at women within the industry.