ASA Launches ‘Emerging Leaders’ Development Programme 


The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) has launched a development programme which aims to enhance the critical leadership skills and behaviours of professionals working within the Irish agri-food sector.

The ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme aims to enhance and fast-track the competencies of individuals in management positions who will become future leaders in the industry.

Amii McKeever, ASA President said: “A recent ASA survey of professionals working within the agri-food industry highlighted the ongoing demand for continuous professional development in order to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge. One of the key components of the ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme will be a focus on leading through change including managing stakeholders and motivating staff, all elements which will be key as we continue to navigate unchartered waters on the global market. The delivery of this programme demonstrates the ASA’s continued commitment to investing in the professional development of our members to ensure that the Irish agri-food industry remains competitive.”

The bespoke programme was developed by ASA in conjunction with HPC Global, leaders in behavioural change, corporate leadership and management development programmes. It has also been subsidised by Macra Agricultural Skillnet in order to significantly reduce the cost for participants.

The programme, aimed at individuals in management positions, will include three modules which will focus on:

  • The Role of a Leader – participants will learn how to select an appropriate leadership style, the difference between leading and managing and helping others to understand how vision and purpose relates to their work.
  • Personal Effectiveness – participants will learn how to manage their time efficiently, how to deal effectively with disturbances and distractions and how to delegate.
  • Managing Performance – participants will learn how to effectively give and take feedback, apply techniques to recognise and motivate others and use a structured approach to deal with non-performance and under-performance.

Participants will also take part in a pre-programme self-assessment, briefing with line managers and an ‘Insights Discovery’ – a self-awareness tool built to help people understand themselves, understand others and make the most of the relationships that affect them at work.

Registration is currently open to current ASA members and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Should demand require it, a second session will be added in 2019 and the programme will run again in 2020 and 2021.