New Zealand Golf’s newest initiative to assist and grow the next generation of leaders within the game of golf in our country got underway earlier this week.

A group of 18 people from across the golf industry came together for the first instalment of the Future Leaders programme.

This new programme has been created by New Zealand Golf as part of its commitment to inspiring future leadership in the golf sector. It has been designed for those people who are looking to grow leadership confidence in how they develop themselves, lead their teams, and lead their organisations.

This week the successful programme applicants have taken part in the first of three, two-day workshops with the first of the workshops being on ‘leading self’.

The inaugural programme participants feature people who work various sectors of the golf industry; including General Managers, Golf Directors, Golf Professionals, Golf Course Maintenance Staff, New Zealand Golf Staff, and people who work in the Golf Tourism industry.

New Zealand Golf CEO, Dean Murphy, says the first part of the programme is important as the future generation of leaders of golf in New Zealand need to be comfortable with who they are, and the type of leaders they want to be before leading a team or business.

“This programme is about inspiring the next generation of golf industry leaders and we are delighted to get the programme started this week. The first workshop sessions been focused on ‘leading self’ and we’re fortunate to have three outstanding professionals share their knowledge and experiences with the group.

“Feedback so far has been outstanding, and we look forward to hosting the next workshop sessions over the coming months,” says Murphy.

Leading Sports Psychologist David Gailbraith, Mind Bright Founder Kristy von Minden, and former All Black Israel Dagg all spoke on their leadership journey’s and shared their stories with the group of future leaders.

David Gailbraith led the first workshop on Monday to inspire the group to have courage and lead a life without fear; exploring ways we can achieve our full potential.

Gailbraith is internationally regarded having previously worked with anumber of Olympic athletes, the Chiefs, and most recently he travelled with the All Blacks to Japan for their Rugby World Cup campaign. He has also written a book called “Unleashing Greatness” that has been endorsed by many other athletes such as Stephen Donald, Laura Langman, Lisa Carrington, and Richard Kahui.

On day two of the program, Kristy von Minden spoke to the group about the importance of mindfulness.

Through science-based research, she explained to the group the importance of balancing work life with home life and gave the group toolkits to ensure they’re working with a clear mind and dealing with pressure and stress in a healthy fashion.

Finally, former All Black Israel Dagg spoke to the group on his experiences with leadership. Dagg has been involved in organisations that has bred some of the most popular leaders our sporting landscape has seen.

Dagg was able to shed some light on his aspirations and what drove his ambition to go from a small-town kid to an All Black on the world stage. He also shared valuable insights into what made players like Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams, and Dan Carter such inspiring leaders.

The next instalment of the Future Leaders program will take place in February next year (leading others) with the final sessions in April (leading organisations).

The successful programme applicants for the inaugural Future Leaders programme are: Alex Yates (Royal Wellington Golf Club), Amy Sidford (Boulcotts Farm), Brad Grimmer (Mangawhai Golf Club), Cameron Jones (Gulf Harbour Country Club), David Herbert (Whangaparoa Golf Club), Dayne Bulloch (New Zealand Golf), Doug White (Titirangi Golf Club), Frazer Bond (Gulf Harbour Country Club), Grace Rokela (New Zealand Golf), Jason Gulasekharam (New Zealand Golf), HyeJin Hong (PaR nz Golfing Holidays), Kiel Stechman (Manawatu Golf Club), Matt Quinn (New Zealand Golf), Matt Smith (DotGolf), Michael Williams (Mt Maunganui Golf Club), Ryan Rosevear (Sport Otago), Scott Meiklejohn (Omanu Golf Club), Thiem Nguyen (New Zealand Golf)


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