The Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center offered a two part series of human development courses for the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results program’s inaugural class.
“The VALOR Program is designed to develop leaders who can effectively engage all segments of the Virginia agricultural community to create collaborative solutions and promote agriculture inside and outside the industry. Participants, ages 25 to 55, will include individuals with a vested interest in the success of Virginia agriculture and leadership for the industry” says Megan Seibel, program director.
“The program’s goal is to explore the many sides to every issue, law, and practice impacting agriculture in our state and beyond. Participants from varied public and private backgrounds will develop a well-rounded understanding of these topics through shared experiences and opportunities, helping them to shape the future of our industry,” Seibel added.
In the first session, Stacy Harvey, outreach program manager, facilitated a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop that included the 12 participants and their spouses. This dynamic group spawned lively discussions about the relevance of the MBTI in their personal and professional lives.
Harvey said, “Participants commented about how eerily-accurate their reports were. In follow up conversations from the workshop, all of the participants talked about how much better they understood themselves and how they were already using the insights in their management roles to improve awareness and communication.” …
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