“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.”
In the second session, Melissa Maybury Lubin, director of the Virginia Tech Richmond and Hampton Roads centers, joined Harvey to facilitate a session on emotional intelligence.
The EQi-2-0 is a highly actionable tool that measures a collection of components comprising our emotional and social functioning and general psychological well-being. It is a valid and reliable tool that can be used by employers for hiring and professional development of their employees.
“The beauty of the EQi 2.0 model is that it bridges self- and social-awareness along with the aspects of problem solving, decision making and stress management. An individual can access their current strengths and vulnerabilities and develop a plan of action for how to leverage these areas for personal development,” Lubin said.
During the engaging and interactive workshop, the group broke up into small teams to help each other develop personal strategies of development.
“It was a well thought-out presentation and quite enlightening,” Ian Heatwole, principal of Fox Run Farms, said. “Effective leadership requires the ability to connect with people and being familiar with one’s EQ strengths and weaknesses.”
Harvey and Lubin plan to follow the impact of the session on the group by administering the EQi-2-0 again in one year to measure the individuals’ development.