Leadership academy to return this month

Dougal McGowan.
Dougal McGowan.
An increasing need for businesses and community organisations has been highlighted as a key area for the Otago Chamber of Commerce's Central Otago Leadership Academy, beginning next week.

A fourth leadership seminar is to return to Cromwell on October 24. It was last held in May.

The event, which is limited to a dozen registered participants, was held twice last year.

Chamber chief executive Dougal McGowan said the programme centred on leadership development and "leadership thought".

"We get them [participants] to think about the different types of leadership models and where it fits with them and their ethos."

Mr McGowan would speak at the event alongside representatives from Otago Polytechnic, Contact Energy, the Central Otago District Council and the Ministry of Social Development.

Asked about the significance of bringing the event to the district, Mr McGowan said there was an increased need to create succession plans for regional businesses and community organisations.

"When you have people leaving an organisation there is that disruption cost that goes with it.

"If you keep them motivated and challenged [they] see the opportunities and grow as people," he said.

"It's about growing people to be the best they can for themselves and their communities and their families."

There will be three weekly sessions.

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