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Mirror Mirror On the Wall, who is the best leader of all?

Mirror Mirror On the Wall, who is the best leader of all? was the question on everyone’s lips at this year’s second NAWO Riverina Quick Bite hosted by event partners Deakin University, RDA Riverina and Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Griffith.

Over 22 business and industry organisations supported 60 emerging and existing talented staff members to hone in on their leadership skills and further explore the human and strategic elements of authentic leadership.

Understanding one’s purpose and how we achieve this was highlighted by guest speaker Tracey Morris Commercial Development Manager, Webster Limited as critical to leadership success. Webster is a leading Australian agribusiness company, with a rich, diverse history spanning over 180 years and maintaining a strong connection to the land.  Tracey’s top leadership tips included:

  • Embrace new opportunities – have the courage to step up to become your best
  • Staying true to your family and community – work/ life harmony, self discipline
  • Some of the best leadership attributes are humility, respect, persistence, honest communication around change, integrity and strong values
  • Use empathy – together we can do things.

Lindsay Goldsbury Smith welcomed the audience to Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) and shared her story and career pathway into her existing Leadership role as MI Water Delivery Manager. She expressed the importance of overcoming the fear of making mistakes that potentially hinder self-progression. Lindsay outlined the leadership program at MI and opportunities in the workplace to self-reflect and advance through the organisation.

The panel segment was convened by Emily Perkins, Manager of the multi award winning 35,000 JBS owned beef and cattle feedlot near Griffith. A diverse and highly interactive panel discussion ensued with representation by Sharon Hansen, MI Manager Customer Services, Kylie Fraser Linfox FMCG President and NAWO Board Member and Peter Charker, TAFE NSW Head Department of Business. All panel members have diverse roles in their fields and are responsible for the design, development and delivery of programs and services in their respective fields. Key learnings and takeaways from them as summarised by Rachel Whiting RDA Riverina CEO included:

  • Are Leaders Born or Made? Leadership is genetic however leadership skills can be developed and honed if one is willing to self-examine, reflect and be self aware. Know who you are and what is important to you
  • Seek to understand through honest relationships so you can be understood by followers who value your input
  • Be clear about what others think of you
  • Resilience – be consistent in values, beliefs and actions.

Thank you to Marg Couch from Deakin University who officially presided over the forum and fellow partners RDA Riverina and Murrumbidgee Irrigation who collaboratively hosted and facilitated a successful and informative leadership forum which included rigorous networking over afternoon tea. Appreciation also goes to the dynamic Kylie Fraser, President FMCG Linfox | NAWO Board and our local NAWO Committee for event  planning and support on the day.











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