Finding your tribe – the coalition of the willing

Earlier in the year, pre COVID,  I signed up for an international leadership academy and committed to journaling my journey .

I am now six months in and this week we are reviewing our personal and professional vision. Its well recognised to lead others we have to be able to lead ourselves.

Agriculture has a plethora of excellent leadership programs that teach people how to lead themselves. What agriculture needs is pathways to teach people to lead others. Its no wonder we all work in silos. Its hard to be what you cant see.

Success for me professionally is to develop future leaders who have the confidence and skills to lead teams.  I epitomise the statement “we teach others what we want to learn.” Or in my case I get others to teach my team  what I want to learn, so I can join the team.  I am very grateful I have an extraordinary group of young women on my team who I trust implicitly to accomplish what needs to get done and more. Its scary what Team Branding and Team Innovation are achieving this year.

As part of my vision statement I set myself a list of things I wanted to make progress on

My list:

Lynne will:

  • Relate to others better
  • Lean into difficult conversations.
  • Build her capacity to understand other people, what motivates others, how they work and how to work cooperatively with them.
  • On making progress with dot point 3 build a coalition of the willing to engage in #CollectiveImpact 

  • Be a better listener – be fully present in conversations
  • Learn the tools to provide better clarity when I brief some-one on a project (hence difficult work conversations will be minimised)
  • Embrace that fact that we all make decisions driven by emotion first and will strive for emotional balance 

Your emotional system can give you an advantage in decision making if you make proper use of it. Many people think of their emotions as something they have to manage or control rather than something upon which they could capitalize.

I am mega excited with the people and organisations who have put their hands up to be part of a #CollectiveImpact model to develop future leaders who have the confidence and skills to lead teams.

Yesterday I was thrilled to share my journey to lean in to difficult conversations when the fabulous Kwame Christian delivered a Negotiation and Conflicts Skills workshop ( thanks to funding from Soroptimists International Griffith) for 18 of the team .

How good is it to work with this man. So committed to #genderequity,  #racialequity and #socialjustice

We all know “Alone we are smart. Together we can be brilliant” works.

What do you think are the barriers to #CollectiveImpact mindset in agriculture?

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life