Employer of Choice Accreditation

Now in the sixth year of operation – Lincoln Institute’s Employer of Choice Accreditation is well established as the highest level of recognition available in Australia. This award symbolises the completion of three years of leadership, personal and team development. This is no “self assessment check list” token award as you may find offered by other organisations…

Having Successfully passed a final series of assessments at the conclusion of the three year Lead to Succeed Executive Leadership Program and subject to approval by the Board of Directors, students will formally be graduated and awarded the highly regarded Employer of Choice Accreditation – to recognise their achievement at the highest level of leadership qualification currently available for Veterinary Professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

It is Lincoln’s belief that all Veterinary Professionals; vets, nurses, kennel hands, front of house team… deserve to be led well. Potential job applicants for employment can be assured of this when they seek out a position at a Lincoln Leadership Accredited Practice.

To maintain currency of accreditation, Accredited Practices must undergo a detailed Annual Leadership Audit and attend ongoing leadership training.

Australia’s Best Led Practice Awards

At a time where we are facing a crisis of attrition of veterinarians from this industry, many experts agree our biggest opportunity of retaining our best talent lies in practice owners, managers and team members engaging in more effective leadership.

These awards are designed to not only recognise the extraordinary efforts of practices and individuals in their pursuit of personal & organisational leadership excellence, but also to help articulate what is possible in terms of leading in a contemporary and effective fashion and to inspire others to strive for the same. Whilst much of the focus in recent years from stakeholders at all levels has been on lamenting the challenges faced in talent retention, these awards represent a positive action step towards addressing attrition head on in an area that can have a rapid and measurable impact.

In a similar way as these Leadership awards, Lincoln’s Employer of Choice Accreditation has been designed to provide those interested in an objective means of evaluating their own leadership capability, as well as providing a point of differentiation in the marketplace, guiding prospective individual veterinary employees to their organisation as an employer committed to professional fulfillment.

All entrants for the award underwent a comprehensive full-practice Leadership Audit performed by Lincoln Institute which examined team and owner/manager review of achievements across 18 key leadership criteria.

The Lincoln Leadership Audit evaluates workplace culture, human resource management and business acumen. Entrants were additionally required to provide a written submission, centred around leadership accomplishments in areas such as culture, well-being, financial performance, team and business development, recognition and feedback …to name a few. Finalists, Runner-up and Winner were selected on the basis of Audit Scores, Assessment of written submission, and finally a rigorous panel review by leadership experts.

Australia’s Best Team Leader Awards

Nomination included provision of a written submission by the Employer/manager in relation to the nominee. This submission centred around 12 key leadership criteria and included the areas of personal leadership, teamwork and excellence in role. Finalists and Winner were selected on the basis of assessment of written submissions, and finally a rigorous panel review by Lincoln’s Board of leadership experts.

Australia’s Best Led Practice & Best Team Leader Awards Sponsors

The Annual Leadership Awards are proudly sponsored by Lincoln Institute in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim.

As a leader in Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim is delighted to sponsor these awards and recognise future leaders in clinical practice. Ongoing leadership education and training is incredibly important – whether you are in a leadership role in industry or clinical practice. A strong pipeline of emerging leaders is not only good for the veterinary profession itself, but also for the future of animal well-being innovation in Australia.

Dr Greg Little, Head of VMS Boehringer Ingelheim
We thank Boehringer Ingelheim for their support in enabling the annual leadership awards and gala dinner to go ahead, we could not do it without their kind sponsorship of this event.