2015 South Burnett Community Leadership Program participants … back row, from left, Ashleigh Carey, Kelley Crane, Shaun Bliesner, Craig Yarrow, Kevin Gill; middle row, Raj Begeda, Kirstie Davison, Valerie Claydon, Gaye Hobbs, Fay Pouesi, Steph Phipps, Lesley Thun (behind), Narelle Black, Helen Roth, Mark Thompson; front, Deb Sanderson, Shelley Grambower, Katrina Heathwood, Kerry Oldfield, Amy Wicks and Kirstie Schumacher (Photo: Georgie Somerset)

March 4, 2015

The 2015 South Burnett Community Leadership Program is underway with 21 participants gathering in the Bunya Mountains recently for the first module.

The program is designed to support people to improve their effectiveness in current roles, and potentially take on a leadership role if they are not doing this already.

The first session of the SBCLP included training in leadership styles, managing change and personality types.

Program leader Pamela McAllister, from McAllister Leadership, said learning about leadership was a process of experiences.

“During the SB CLP, we give participants the chance to step out of the busy-ness of their lives and fully engage with learning leadership in a small group environment,” Ms McAllister said.

“The program enables people to be involved and learn through their own experiences rather than simply sitting and listening. Participants are working in small groups, testing out new skills and ideas in a supportive residential environment.”

Participants in this year’s program, the second run in the South Burnett, include small business owners, social workers, community leaders, farmers, teachers and government employees.

The program has been organised by Vision 21 and the Red Earth Community Foundation, in conjunction with McAllister Leadership.

This year it attracted support from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, Uniting Community Care, the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Ken Mills Toyota and several other businesses and individuals.

“The South Burnett Community Leadership Program is an excellent demonstration that within our community we have visionary and generous businesses, individuals and community organisations who believe that together we can create a future that harnesses the potential of our region,” Vision 21 president Heather Ellis said.

“Their contribution and support has been vital to providing this opportunity to develop our local people so that their creativity and contribution can benefit us all.

“People are learning how to be effective in a practical way while building working relationships that can lead to building a stronger region for us all over the long term.

“Research shows that communities with a leadership program in place recover more quickly from disasters, and are more likely to take advantage of economic opportunities.

“We also gathered together last year’s program participants at the Bunya Mountains this month for a full day of further leadership development.

“They demonstrated that their new knowledge, relationships and support has enabled them to navigate the legacy of floods and the drought, and take on new opportunities for improving businesses, community initiatives and their family life.”

Stage 2 of the Community Leadership Program will be held in mid-March with participants then having an opportunity to share their journey at a formal dinner with people who have supported the program in 2015.

Details and dates for the 2016 program will be released in May.

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