Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program

Avocado growers will have the opportunity to develop their skills in leading their industries and their own businesses. The Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program is a collaboration of Australian tropical fruit industries – avocado, melon, pineapple, banana, passionfruit, strawberry, persimmon, mango and lychee.

The program

The program consists of two residential workshops and a series of webinars. The three-day residential workshops will be conducted in Canberra and Brisbane. You can join Group 1 or Group 2 depending on your availability, but you must commit to both workshops in your group.

Workshop 1
Positioning your organisation to the external environment
Workshop 2
Creating the organisation
you want
 Group 1 2-4 July 2018 2-4 October 2018
 Group 2 12-14 November 2018 4-6 March 2019
 Location Hotel Kurrajong, Barton, Canberra Hotel Adina Anzac Square, Brisbane
  • Developing strategic alliances
  • Optimum structures – active representation
  • Influencing through communications
  • Public speaking skills
  • Effective lobbying
  • Networking externally
  • Developing desired culture
  • Understanding self
  • Decision making
  • Team dynamics
  • Managing teams
  • Conflict resolution
  • Crisis management
  • Understanding international trade
  • Understanding and managing biosecurity
  • Leading & managing organisational change
  • Social media
  • Organisational governance


How much will it cost?

The cost of LEAD is free, with accommodation provided. However, participants will be responsible for their own travel, breakfast, one dinner, taxi fares and beverage costs throughout the two residential workshops.

Who can apply?

Avocados Australia has a total of seven places for growers, across the two groups, with a preference given to the organisation’s members.

How do I apply?

Click here to access the application form. An Avocados Australia panel will select seven participants.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications for both groups must be received by Friday, 4 May 2018. Successful applications will be notified in the week of 28 May 2018.

I can’t attend the workshops, can I still participate?

Yes. The webinars will be open to other industry participants, as observers, as they happen. We will promote these in the Guacamole and in our events calendar when dates are available.

What if I receive a place but I can no longer attend?

Please notify Avocados Australia as soon as possible if you can no longer attend your group activities. We will reallocate your place to another grower.

Where do I send my application?

Please return your registration application form to:
Lisa Yorkston
Avocados Australia Communication Manager
07 3846 6566

More information


This LEAD program has been made possible through the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry.


This article was produced for Guacamole, 2 March 2018.

Date Published: 02/03/2018