FORMER financial planner Adam Dickenson swapped his suit for workwear when he returned to the family farm at Blessington, east of Launceston, four years ago.
Now executive director of Elverton Pastoral, a 2700-hectare mixed farming business, the 34-year-old is part of this year's Tasmanian Leaders Program - and highly recommends it to others.
Assisted by a scholarship from Natural Resource Management North, Mr Dickenson started the 10-month program in February.
``I was looking for enhanced leadership capability, and greater knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing Tasmania, as well as networking opportunities,'' he said.
Mr Dickenson said the program helped him better understand his own strengths, weaknesses and leadership style, and how to communicate more effectively and make better decisions.
The program explores critical issues facing the state through seminars, panels, field trips, case studies and residential events, with input from community leaders and experts.
``You get a huge return on investment for your time,'' he said.
``The skills and knowledge you can gain can be used in all areas of your life.''
The program's general manager, Angela Driver, said applicants should have the support of their employer and family, and be prepared to commit about two days a month to the program.
``We're looking for 24 people from a diversity of backgrounds - including different industries, sectors and geographies - who are looking for the next step up to reach their leadership potential.''
The Tasmanian Leaders Program is now accepting applicants for 2014. For details visit www.tasmanianleaders. org.au. Applications close October 1.