National Farm Leadership Program

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Eventually a challenge comes along that seems to defy resolution. It might be emerging or a long-standing problem, but it’s not going away. In the complex business of farming where efficiency and effectiveness are key to success, interpersonal skills, relationships and work habits matter. Few of us consider our own leadership as a competitive advantage, however research shows that leader effectiveness can account for as much as 1/3 of business performance.

Farm Management Canada is pleased to be working with LeaderShift to empower Canada’s farmers through a leadership development program designed for hectic farm life and the desire to learn and perform in real time. Led by certified executive coach and fourth generation farmer, Kelly Dobson who combines adult learning research, with neuroscience and IT, enabling leader development at any age.

Canada’s flagship leader development program for agriculture.

Canada already has some of the best farm managers and increasing their leadership effectiveness is the next step. The National Farm Leadership Program teaches you how to perform at your best when it matters most.

Our Program fits into busy farm life to help farmers identify the critical development areas that will have the greatest impact on their personal and professional lives. Not only is leadership good for business, it’s good for the well-being of the leader and those they work with.

Each cohort of the National Farm Leadership Program will begin its journey the third week of January. The program takes place over eleven weeks through virtual learning and a 3-day in-person residency. Monthly group coaching and personal coaching continues for the remainder of the calendar year to help participants realize positive change in real time.

Program details:

  • 11 weeks of structured online learning (January – April)
  • 3-day residency in Victoria, BC (second week of March)
  • A personal leadership assessment against a global data set of leaders
  • Create a personal plan to increase leadership effectiveness
  • Monthly group and individual coaching for the remainder of the year
  • Unlimited access to the LeaderLab (a private online community)

Program Benefits:

  • Understand your leadership effectiveness against a global benchmark
  • Identify critical development areas that will have the most impact on your business
  • Build the confidence to initiate conversations that address persistent problems
  • Develop your skills in real time, while working in your business
  • Gain clarity in goal-setting and decision-making
  • Increase the performance of yourself, and empower others
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and achieve more of what matters most
  • Connect with other professionals to share insights and build your support network

Interested in enrolling?
Contact: FarmLeadership(at)

A map for working with people and getting results

Leadershift InSight serves as an introductory course to the National Farm Leadership Program that takes place over four weeks through virtual learning. InSight helps you identify the root causes of work place drama and behaviors that cost time, energy and results. You will learn practical tools to shift your behavior for better results and move towards the outcomes you want.
Program details:
  • 4 weeks of 90-minute structured online learning (evening sessions)
  •  Group coaching
  • Unlimited access to the LeaderLab (a private online community) and App to learn on the go!
This program is ideal for customer/member professional development – private corporate programs are available.
Interested in sponsoring an InSight course for your members or clients?
Our next program starts January 2024.
Contact: FarmLeadership(at)

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Webinar Series

Farm Management Canada has created a series of webinars providing more information on the National Farm Leadership Program. To watch a recording, visit the Agriwebinar website.

Click here to access a list of funding opportunities available for your participation in the National Farm Leadership Program.