(Posted Thu. Mar 27th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers they are invited to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program or the Advanced Leadership Academy, both co-sponsored by Syngenta. Growers must be nominated by their state corn association for either program. Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications in to state offices by April 9.
“Since it began in the mid 1980s, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “This year, we again ask that farmers come forward and act upon their desire to give back to their peers. NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership, and I can personally attest that the time and effort dedicated are repaid in full through the incredible relationships built with like-minded individuals.”
Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels. The first session, held in August in Greensboro, N.C., addresses personal communications skills, public speaking and association management. The second session, which will be held in January of 2015, addresses public policy issues, working with the Hill and parliamentary procedure. Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.
Since 1986, the National Corn Growers Association, the state corn associations and, most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngenta- co-sponsored Leadership At Its Best Program. More than 550 growers have gained invaluable media, communications, association management and public policy knowledge and skills over the lifetime of the program.
Advanced Leadership training aims to help develop top-notch state and national leadership that is empowered to elevate the leaders around them within the industry and their communities. It builds upon the Leadership at Its Best Program. States may nominate two applicants, one as a primary candidate and one to serve as an alternate. Nominees must be a member of NCGA, a graduate of Leadership at Its Best, and about to assume, or already in, a senior national or state leadership post.
“As a graduate of the program, I understand the important role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to lead such a dynamic organization in an ever-changing environment,” said Barbre.
Participants must be registered members of NCGA. Those interested should contact their state corn organization which will submit nominees for the programs.
The first session of the Advanced Leadership Academy will take place Minneapolis, MN September 8-11, 2014. During this session, participants will focus on leadership, communication and negotiation skills. The second session, held January 25-29, 2015 in Washington D.C., will focus on the further development of lobbying and media training abilities.
Those interested should contact their state corn organization, which will submit nominees for the programs.