Participants in Rural Women New Zealand's recent ''Growing
Southern Leaders'' seminar in Mosgiel left the three-day
live-in course ''on a high'', convener Margaret Pittaway, of
The course, on June 16-18, attracted 11 women, five of whom
were new to leadership roles.
She said the focus of the seminar was on developing
confidence and the skills needed to take on leadership roles
within their community as well as dealing with media.
All of the speakers emphasised leadership, inspiration,
motivation, personal values, growth and development and
included identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Speakers included Sandy Graham, a Dunedin lawyer and Dunedin
City Council governance manager, and Otago University's Ruth
''They all had similar messages, delivered in different ways
and they were brilliant.''
Each participant had to bring a potential leadership project
idea to the course and, in the follow-up feedback, said they
felt they had been given the confidence and ideas as to how
they might progress with their particular projects.
Projects included arranging a community gathering prior to
lambing and calving to strengthen bonds and reduce isolation
during the stressful time, and taking more active leaderships
roles within RWNZ and other groups.
''Ruth Chapman talked about different personality types and
how to deal with them, which was really valuable.''
There was also an impromptu speaking session with random
topics assigned, ranging from ''socks'' to ''painting''.
Other speakers included Irene Mosley and Kate Wilson.
Mrs Pittaway said the subsequent feedback had been positive.
She was considering holding another course in two years.