Know your Mindset. Lead what Matters

Training for rural leaders navigating change


Leading change and making impact in our rural communities is rewarding - but can be tough and
sometimes lonely.

That’s why we’re delivering Know your Mindset. Lead what Matters’ - a short, online programme supporting food & fibre leaders to manage the multiple pressures of leadership in a time of change.

Designed for men and women leading others across farms, orchards, agribusinesses and rural professional services - you’ll connect with others to face common leadership wellbeing issues together.

You’ll learn how stress affects your ability to plan and act effectively, gain practical tools to notice stress in others and learn how to lead people through uncertain times.    

Running online across two evenings, ‘Know your Mindset. Lead what Matters’ is presented by a registered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Organisational Psychologist, alongside AWDT facilitators who lead breakout spaces where participants connect to share stories and support each other.  

This is an opportunity to look up from the to-do list, invest in your own wellbeing and create a firm base from which to support others. Come and join us.


  1. Understand the impact that uncertainty, disruption & change might have on your thinking and behaviour.  Create a firm personal base from which to lead.
  2. Develop a shared understanding of how to talk with and support others.
  3. Be aware of traps for leaders - and tools to navigate in working withj people, stress and emotions.
  4. Identify positive changes you can make in your leadership and build a realistic action plan.


Our programmes have now concluded.  Please register your interest below for 2025 programmes and we'll be in touch if they are scheduled.  If you have a group together that wants to do the programme please get in touch with us directly


Leading what matters

While everyone will take something different away from ‘Know Your Mindset. Lead what Matters’, previous participants in the series told us that the training helped them to:

  • Feel less alone by connecting with others with similar stories about stress or pressure
  • Listen better and open up conversations by acknowledging the stress that your people might be feeling
  • Reflect on workplace culture and take practical steps to change behaviour in the team
  • Share some of the tools with teams to support wellbeing
  • Develop more empathy
  • Recognise the importance of personal wellbeing and make time for things that ‘fill my cup’
  • Be more deliberate with the to-do list – focus on the important things over the small stuff
  • Demonstrate personal or family values in a business

Thanks to our partners 

Image (from left): Donna Cram (Chair, Taranaki Catchment Communities, & AWDT Escalator Alumni, Paul Crick (National Chair Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Council), Emma Crutchley (Project Executive Tiako Maniototo & AWDT Escalator Alumni), Jack Cocks (Farmer, Rural Leaders Kellogg Alumni)




Two online evening sessions, one week apart. 


Grass roots rural leaders – both behind and straddling the farm gate. Rural professionals & supporters of rural leaders.


Session 1 Understand the impact that uncertainty, disruption & change might have on your thinking and behaviour.  Create a firm personal base from which to lead. 

Session 2 Learn how to support others through uncertainty and build your leadership action plan.

Strategic Partners

Programme Partners