Leadership course leaves women 'on a high'

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 Cromwell says.

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 Chapman.

''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.

- yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz