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Armed and confident

Kelli Harris speaks about her leadership experience at a 2008 Leadership Wimmera graduation dinner. Geoff Handbury, a strong supporter of Leadership Wimmera, is also pictured.

Graduates of a Wimmera leadership program continue to feel armed with an enhanced sense of confidence and an understanding of ways to ‘get things done’.
They have also spoken strongly about the benefits of the programs and encouraged other people to get involved.
Kelli Harris of Naracoorte and Graham Hill, Horsham, who graduated from Leadership Wimmera’s Leadership Skills Initiative program last year, spoke glowingly about the program.
They reflected on their experiences as participants in Leadership Wimmera’s 2008 programs and worked towards a November graduation. Leadership Wimmera will call for new program applicants in July.
Six months on, Kelli and Graham agreed it was hard to single out specific areas of benefit. They instead said the skills they had developed had helped ‘overall’ in personal direction and attitude.
Kelli, 28, an administration officer with Edenhope financial-planning firm West Currie Consultants, said her day-to-day approach to life and work had changed.
“It’s hard to pin-point a specific area where it’s improved. But I’ve taken on greater roles. It’s about self-confidence and self-belief. My approach to things is certainly different now,” she said.
Graham, 38, OneSteel location manager and Horsham Fire Brigade captain, said he felt he could draw on a refreshed arsenal of understanding, compassion, drive and methodologies to set goals and strive to achieve them.
“I feel more aware of and have more drive to do things and to do things right,” he said.
“The program was very worthwhile. It was about how to make the decision to take that difficult first step.”
The Leadership Skills Initiative, one of three 10-month Leadership Wimmera programs, is designed to provide participants with confidence and drive to improve their workplace.
Leadership Wimmera coordinator Anne Bothe said Leadership Skills Initiative suited people from a broad cross-section of the regional workforce.
“We have had participants ranging from supervisors of a mining firm to an apprentice hair-dresser. It has benefits for a diverse spread of people and backgrounds,” she said.
“We’ve seen program graduates step up in their workplace to more senior roles.”
Leadership Wimmera operates under Wimmera Development Association with support from ACE Radio Network, Bendigo Bank and Regional Development Victoria.
Other Leadership Wimmera programs include Community Leadership Year and Business Leaders.
Ms Bothe said anyone seeking information on any of the programs could either call her on 5381 6504 or visit website

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Posted on May 27 2009

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