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Breeding Leadership is a national program for young people in all facets of the wool industry and aims to develop the leadership and professional skills of young people involved in the wool industry.
Funded by AWI and delivered by Rural Directions Pty Ltd, Breeding Leadership forms a key part of AWI’s growing commitment to education in the wool industry.
Since its inception, more than 150 people have completed the Breeding Leadership course.
Now in its seventh year, the five day program covers a range of topics including strategy (understanding your business and industry), understanding yourself (personality typing), working in teams (accountability, communicating expectations, decision making) and the future (entrepreneurship, innovation and managing change). There is a full day bus tour to allow participants the opportunity to visit local leaders in a range of industries.
It was enlightening to hear the different experiences and perspectives of the broader industry, from both the other course participants and those that we met that work in the wool industry.
- Ross Fletcher from Walcha, NSW participated in Breeding Leadership in 2018.
The course allowed us to look at topics vital to business but outside of usual operating scope. The group benefited from having these topics 'translated' into a language and practical application that we understand and use.
- Samantha Neumann from Adelaide, South Australia participated in Breeding Leadership in 2016.
The program develops skills and knowledge in personal leadership as well as strategic planning and team leadership. It also provides an excellent opportunity for participants to network with 22 other like-minded people from across Australia, as well as the skilled program deliverers and others from the wool industry.
Established in 2002 by the South Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association, Breeding Leadership became a national program through the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders in 2004. Since 2012, AWI has funded the course.
The next Breeding Leadership course will be held in 2020.
Breeding Leadership is national program for young people in all facets of the wool industry. Check out this video to hear from past participants about what they think is so great about going to Breeding Leadership.