REGION - Northern Grampians Shire Council has continued to throw its support behind the successful Leadership Wimmera Program.
Council recognised the successful completion of the program by Cr Karen Hyslop this year and has agreed to continue promoting and encouraging participation in the program.
Cr Hyslop said she was delighted to be able to complete the program.
"I wanted to learn to become a good leader and that was why I enrolled in the program," Cr Hyslop said.
"I know that understanding your community is what makes a good leader. It's being someone who is there for the people and who understands them.
"One aim of the group is to improve passenger rail services between Stawell and Horsham. We put out a survey and will be able to release the results soon.
"A key point of the survey was the need to get more people to use public transport and they want the transport services available more often.
"Now the survey can be released, maybe we can use the results to lobby the government to get passenger rail services to Stawell more often, because having more public transport to Stawell would open up so many opportunities."
Shire chief executive officer, Justine Linley, said there were many aspects to the leadership program.
Mrs Linley said the Business Leaders Group program is designed for key people in supervisory and management roles and business owners.
"The aim of the program is to build competence, confidence and commitment for business owners and those they lead; to fine tune the culture of an organisation and develop leadership capabilities," Mrs Linley said.
"The Business Leaders Program delivers clear, tangible economic and employment outcomes by developing the leadership capacity and skills at senior management level to foster regional business success and innovation.
"The Regional Leadership Skills program is designed to deliver personal and professional growth, develop leadership style and provide the opportunity for aspiring leaders to develop their leadership skills in the workplace and in their communities."
As part of the Leadership Wimmera program, participants were required to give an overview of the year ahead, attend a weekend retreat to discuss topics including leadership in the region, communication, effective leadership styles, thinking 'outside the square', goal setting and decision making.
They also attended five full days of leadership training over a six month period, a full day workshop on public speaking and presentation skills and were required to identify and work on a community or workplace project.
Participants were also required to identify, design and implement a leadership project in their workplace. This culminates in presentations where each team reports key findings and recommendations to their project sponsors, Leadership Wimmera Board and participating local government agencies.