Earlier this month, grower leaders from seven states met in St. Louis, Missouri, for Session 1 of the NCGA Leadership Academy. This year’s program included training on transformational leadership, consensus building, forecasting and anticipating future challenges, parliamentary procedures and media training. The group also spoke with staff members from each NCGA department to foster greater collaboration.
Growers gained a keener insight into association management and how different leadership styles can come together in building an efficient organization. A key component of the program is media training and advocacy communication to assist grower leaders as they take a more active role as spokespersons for their state and national corn organizations.
Additionally, NCGA President John Linder joined the group and shared leadership guidance and advice. The grower leaders will meet again for Session 2 in Washington, D.C.