Developing future leaders

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SBS Bank CEO Shaun Drylie (back right) with graduates from Southland Leadership Academy intake 2 last week. Photo: Petrina Wright

NURTURING the next generation of leaders is important for the region’s future, Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sharee Carey says.

The second intake of participants in the Southland Chamber of Commerce’s Southland Leadership Academy graduated last week.

The Leadership Academy is an eight-week programme designed to build leadership capability in Southland leaders.

Ms Carey said the programme was about encouraging and developing the next generation of Southland leaders.

“It’s like succession planning for the city’s future.”

Through the course, participants would be offered internships on boards in the community, sports and business sectors, she said.

Initially, the intention had been to run two intakes a year, but demand for the programme had been such that they were taking four intakes this year, she said.

Programme presenters for the second intake had included Invercargill City Council chief executive Clare Hadley, Richard Roberts of the Dunedin Airport, Penny Simmonds of Southern Institute of Technology and Robert Boekhout of Blue River Dairy. They covered a range of topics from resilience in leadership, art of influence and values based leadership to ethical and moral leadership, leading through change and growth and leading in a crisis.

Course participant Jason Paul of South Port recommended the programme to others.

Learning self awareness skills around becoming a leader had been particularly beneficial, he said.

Jamie McNaught of Selector Uniforms said she had recently moved into a new role and joined the programme to expand her leadership skills.

The course had been beneficial and motivating, she said.

Course presenter SBS Bank chief executive/Chamber board member Shaun Drylie said the participants learned not only from the presenters but also from sharing ideas between themselves.

“It has given them the opportunity to make connections outside their respective industries.

“If we can invest in Southland leaders, it will actually help to grow Southland,” he said.

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