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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
ON FARM 42 Now is your chance to join a network of leaders working collaboratively to advance the interests of rural industries and communities, and the sheep and wool industry in particular. AUSTRALIAN RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM If you have ambitions of being a leader in the rural community, then the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) can provide you with the experience and skills to help fast track you towards your goal. The ARLP is rural Australia’s iconic leadership development program that aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of regional Australia. AWI funds the participation of emerging wool industry leaders in the ARLP. These wool industry leaders engage with AWI, the wool industry and community about the learnings from the ARLP and continue to use these learnings for the benefit of rural and regional Australia, and the sheep and wool industry in particular. Applications for Course 26 of the ARLP, which runs from July 2019 to October 2020, close at the end of this month. The ARLP course consists of about 50 days face-to-face, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, including the Kimberley, a state capital city and a regional area, and involvement in Canberra’s political scene. One session takes place overseas with an eye-opening visit to one of Australia’s closest neighbours, Indonesia. Woolgrower Stacey Lugsdin, who with her family runs a self-replacing Merino enterprise at ‘Warrendale’ north-east of Hay in the western Riverina district of NSW, will next month complete her AWI-sponsored participation in Course 24 of the ARLP when she graduates at a ceremony in Canberra. Stacey has been managing ‘Warrendale’ since 2000 and teaches wool classing part-time. Stacey is involved in the Peppin-Shaw Ewe Flock Forum and the Hay Merino Sheep Show. Stacey thanked AWI for the opportunity to take part and encourages other people in the wool industry to apply for the course, saying they must be open and willing to learn, and be committed to helping others, ultimately for the betterment of the wool industry. “I used to think that leaders always led from the front, but now I believe that leaders can ‘lead from the back’, in that they should encourage and guide people, especially the next generation, nurturing new ideas so the industry can move ahead in innovative ways,” she said. “The next generation is more technology- minded and forward-thinking than the last. We need innovation in the wool industry, so we must nurture the young people in the industry. “I’ve also learnt that vulnerability is not a weakness; it’s actually an endearing quality and a sign of empathy. A leader needs to show empathy and connect with people.” There were 33 people on the course, from across Australia and with a wide range of backgrounds. While there were a few mixed farmers on the course, Stacey said she adopted the role of representing the wool industry on the course, educating the other participants about the industry, such as the use of technology for the collection of data about individual sheep to make flocks more productive. Stacey said the course provided a broad range of experience. “The two weeks in the Kimberley helped examine how participants reacted in unfamiliar situations, and how that can help develop character and leadership skills. “The time spent in Indonesia gave us a better understanding and appreciation of different cultures. One of the key things I learnt there was that all businesses (big or small, Australian or overseas) are at the mercy of the market, and it is important to try and take volatility out of markets – which is something that applies to the wool industry too.” To build her leadership qualities even further, Stacey has undertaken a Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which she completed last month. COURSE 24 AWI-FUNDED PARTICIPANT: STACEY LUGSDIN Stacey Lugsdin speaking about her personal journey through the leadership course, at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in May.
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