Programme Overview

The Kellogg Rural Leadership programme that has been operating and evolving since 1979. It has a long and proud history of successfully developing leaders for the agri food sector, business and rural communities. The programme continually evolves to meet industry and participant needs.

The programme is a modern delivery platform facilitating participants to expand their "contextual intelligence" and the critical thinking required for effective leadership.

The format is 17 days of programme content delivered in three residential phases which allow after hours ideas generation, debate, business ideas and the establishment of lifelong friendships.

The course content is varied and intensive by design with presentations, case studies, field trips, discussions and group work as well as a self-directed project of personal interest.  Running alongside the course content is development of industry networks and contacts, development of personal confidence, habit formation for more effective leadership and personal resilience.

The course can easily be completed while continuing in work with two course options available each year to meet seasonal work commitments. 
The course fee  is very competitive compared to other leadership programmes due to the support of industry partners who are investing in leadership development for the agri food sector.

The Programme has a strong management and delivery team with the Programme Leader and high calibre presenters from the New Zealand agri-food & business sector as well as leadership workshop specialists. Our Programme Leader is a highly respected industry leader who has both cross industry sector and tertiary teaching experience with his key role being to introduce critical and design thinking, lead discussions, and link the many components of the course. 

Participants who join us on a leadership pathway are encouraged to have had some leadership experience (not less than 4 yrs of some management position) in their business or industry with a vision for their community, passion to improve and grow their sector, innovative and open to challenging the status quo. Every course combination includes farmers, growers, producers as well as agribusiness representatives so that in front and behind the farm gate exchanges occur.

The selection of each course intake of 24 participants is of particular importance to ensure diversity of industry sector, level of experience, geographical location, gender and ethnicity which ensure the experiencing of different perspectives.  


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