Agribusiness Leadership Academy


Agribusiness Leadership Academy

Which members of your business are ready to lead your organization into the future?

Asking questions about the future, and preparing for the future of your business, is always a wise strategy and use of resources. The most efficient way to build the future of your organization is to develop your current employees into leaders.

Integrity, honesty, focus, humility, passion, and the ability to inspire. These are the traits of great leaders. The future of your business depends on a ready supply of leadership within your organization. And the Iowa Agribusiness Leadership Academy provides you the opportunity to make that future a reality.

The agribusiness industry needs leaders.

The Agribusiness Leadership Academy was created to meet this critical need of agribusinesses in Iowa. In fact, it was included as a part of the Grow Iowa’s Future campaign and exists as a result of those efforts and the generous donations of others within agribusiness who care about the future of the industry.

This extensive, 18-month program is built to allow you to develop your key employees into leaders so your business can thrive for generations to come. A combination of intensive two-day sessions, on the job application of learning, peer interaction, and a mentorship program all combine to produce leaders who are ready to lead the industry for years to come.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to invest in the future of your business and your success.

What is the Iowa Agribusiness Leadership Academy?

The Academy is a six session, 18-month program focused on growing the leaders the industry needs today.

Program Synopsis

  • Session 1 - Leading Self
  • Session 2 - Leading with Communication
  • Session 3 - Leading with Business Acumen
  • Session 4 - Leading through Advocacy
  • Session 5 - Leading with Results
  • Session 6 - Leadership in Action

For a more detailed view of the Academy sessions, download the PDF brochure.

Who Should Apply

How to Identify Academy Candidates

  • Managers/employees with at least five years of experience
  • Some supervisory responsibilities within the company
  • Takes initiative and shows humility
  • Ability to listen as well as they speak

Candidates with these four core traits are the most ready to benefit their business once they have completed the Iowa Agribusiness Leadership Academy.

Return on Your Investment

Employers will gain a Leadership Academy graduate equipped with:

  • Leadership – an accurate definition of a true leader
  • Business Acumen – ability to navigate business issues, ethics, key financial concepts and documents, and the impacts of marginal gains and losses
  • Communication Skills – the importance of communicating well and appropriately with others in the organization, how to lead with listening, and a solid understanding of the current workforce
  • Advocate Training – how the legislative process actually works, including the role of associations, and the importance of building relationships with government agencies, regulatory officials, and elected officials
  • Relationship Skills – an expanded network of business resources and connections within the agribusiness industry

The Iowa Agribusiness Leadership Academy cultivates leaders, providing an industry-focused, in-depth, and well-rounded transformation opportunity.

- Joel Brinkmeyer,  CEO, Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation