Wednesday, 10th February, 2021

A new tried and tested Leadership Academy is starting in Timaru on the 26th of February backed and supported by a number of our proven business leaders.

“The Leadership Academy model has been operating in Otago and Southland over the last year or so and proving to be very popular “said Wendy Smith. It is based on the principles of learning from other recognised business leaders in the community, gaining insights into their past experiences through story telling and then applying these practices. Understanding why some leaders and businesses are so successful and hearing from those individuals over a number of weeks is an experience that is quite rare, and we are humbled that these inspiring and successful professionals have agreed to share and pass on their wisdom.

The line up of leaders includes legal guru Tony Shaw from Timpany Walton; Therese Arsenau Chair of Ara Institute of Canterbury, Chair of Christchurch NZ and political commentator; Dr William Rolleston who is a recognised leader across the farming and biotechnology industries, President of Federated Farmers for 3 years and has held many appointed Government Board Roles including the Foundation for Research and Technology. Peter Burt QSM Director of Timaru District Holdings with a wide range of board roles and hands on leadership in the police, sporting, family and restorative justice fields and Steve McKnight Manager of Fonterra Clandeboye and Studholme.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn from the best said Wendy Smith.  The quote from Steve Jobs comes to mind: “Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do the things they never thought they could.”  This is a leadership academy and we look forward to supporting our future leaders of all ages through this exceptional training.

Places are strictly limited to ensure effective engagement and with only a couple of spots left anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Chamber as soon as possible.