Which industries are focusing on building leaders in these complex and challenging times

As per my blog post yesterday I have spent the last ten years looking at the leadership culture in agriculture and personally trying new ways of doing things.

The best overview with case studies of how we can all develop businesses that have the capacity to thrive in these complex and challenging times has been done by Corporate Rebels.

It outlines the eight trends identified by Corporate Rebels  (Click the links for Case studies)

From To
1. Profit Purpose & values
2. Hierarchical pyramid Network of teams
3. Directive leadership Supportive leadership
4. Plan & predict Experiment & adapt
5. Rules & control Freedom & trust
6. Centralized authority Distributed decision making
7. Secrecy Radical transparency
8. Job descriptions Talents & mastery

As mentioned yesterday we are currently trialling these leadership trends with the Youth Voices Leadership team at Picture You in Agriculture.  Super kudos to this gusty group of young women.

In this post I share with you my learning journey and where you can do a deep dive into the eight trends in Australia

The concept was first outlined to me at the week-long Melbourne Business School course Leading Transformational Change  with Matt Williams and Jayne Jennings.

Transactional vs Transformational Leadership
Transactional vs Transformational Leadership

The leadership guru Matt and Jayne defer to is Dr Maja Stanojevic- Andre who Zoe Routh interviews here . I am mega grateful for the wisdom Maja shares with me when I find myself between a rock and a hard place.

Zoe Routh provides one on one and group coaching supporting leaders to follow the eight trends to successful businesses in 21st century and having taken that journey I highly recommend it.

At a very high level ( I am not there yet) Christine McDougall is doing some interesting stuff. People in agriculture who have done a deep dive into Christine’s philosophies include  Rebel Black and Peter and Nikki Thompson ( Hear Sarah Nolet interview Peter here )

My journey to learn more has seen me join Dave Stachowiak’s Coaching for Leaders Academy 

The Coaching for Leaders Academy brings people from across the world together.  I asked Dave for a sector/industry breakup which he kindly shared with me

Of the 85 current participants 25% are from the technology sector, followed by the healthcare sector ( good to see) and I am the only person EVER from the agriculture sector.

I am a huge fan of Dave’s work and following the academy I am going to take the course that got Dave to where he is today and also do a deep dive with Maja

Watch this space – I am loving it

Diagram of Transformational Leadership
Diagram of Transformational Leadership

What does success look like in my lifetime – an agricultural community that can advocate for itself

Update

Here Dave interviewed by Dione Howard here in our Leadership is Language series

 

What does the leadership “culture” look like in agriculture in the 21st century

Long term readers of my blog will know I find what I see as a culture of negativity in agriculture very frustrating and counterproductive to the industry moving forward.

I find the leadership models very paternalistic with research and development corporations taking a well-meaning top down approach which often results in farmers feeling like they are being treated like children in the Victorian ages. We know best, do as you are told and be seen and not heard 

With project-based learning being the norm in schools today this culture in agriculture is very old school.

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To me this paternalistic leadership culture has resulted in farmers feeling disenfranchised and powerless and doing a lot of praying that some-one else will fix our problems for us. Nicely summed up in this cartoon

I have spent the last ten years looking at the culture and personally trying new ways of doing things.

For example what if we went from the paternalistic leadership model and followed the eight trends identified by Corporate Rebels  (Click the links for Case studies)

From To
1. Profit Purpose & values
2. Hierarchical pyramid Network of teams
3. Directive leadership Supportive leadership
4. Plan & predict Experiment & adapt
5. Rules & control Freedom & trust
6. Centralized authority Distributed decision making
7. Secrecy Radical transparency
8. Job descriptions Talents & mastery

We are currently trialling these leadership trends with the Youth Voices Leadership team at Picture You in Agriculture  Super kudos to this gusty group of young women.