New Zealand Defence Force Institute for Leadership Development

The New Zealand Defence Force, Institute for Leader Development (ILD) delivers a comprehensive approach to continued leadership development with a focus on helping people leaders who are transitioning to the next level of leadership.

A number of their leadership development programmes are open to participants from the wider public sector and involve outdoor activities designed to challenge leaders.

The Leadership Development Centre takes a system wide approach to maximise Public Service spaces on these programmes by managing the nomination and selection process. Public Service representative spaces are limited. 

We balance a range of factors for selection, including individual participant information like role and experience, alongside equitable representation from Public Service agencies both across and within the programmes.  A balanced approach provides a rich experience for the participant and a diverse contribution to the cohort.

Nominations have closed for Round 5, for cohorts starting in the second half of 2024.

Round 6 nominations (for cohorts starting in the first half of 2025) will open later this year and the details will be updated on our website around Sep 2024. 

Programme details

You can learn more about each programme in the programme flyer. You may also find the Leadership characteristics document helpful to determine the suitability of each programme for leaders at different levels. 

2024 Leadership Courses and Programmes [PDF, 1.1 MB] 

Leadership Characteristics [PDF, 678 KB] 

Cost per programme is approximately $600-$1500 + travel costs

Round 5 Nomination process

Nominations have closed for courses starting in the second half of 2024. If you have any questions, please contact:

Lead System Leadership Programme

Cohort  4
•    Phase 1 (Pre-course activities): June - July 2024
•    Phase 2 (Course): 22nd – 26th July 2024

Cohort  5
•    Phase 1(Pre-course activities): August - September 2024
•    Phase 2(Course): 09th – 13th September 2024

Cohort  6
•    Phase 1(Pre-course activities): October - November 2024
•    Phase 2(Course): 04th – 08th November 2024

Lead Capability Leadership Programme 

Cohort  2
•    Phase 1(Pre-course activities): July - Aug 2024
•    Phase 2(Course): 14th – 23rd August 2024

Cohort  3
•    Phase 1(Pre-course activities): September – October 2024
•    Phase 2(Course): 16th – 25th October 2024

Lead Integrated Capability Leadership Programme

•    Phase 1: October – November 2024
•    Residential phase (Experiential): 10th – 15th November 2024
•    Residential phase (Wellington): 17th – 21st February 2025

Lead Organisation Leadership Programme  

•    Phase 1: July – September 2024
•    Wairarapa phase: 02nd – 06th September 2024
•    Wellington phase: 14th – 18th October 2024
•    Final residential phase: 08th – 09th April 2025

Spaces available in the programmes are as below:

•    Lead Systems - 12 spaces available across the 3 cohorts to Public Service leaders.
•    Lead Capability - 8 spaces available on 2 cohort to Public Service leaders.
•    Lead Integrated Capability - 4 spaces available on 1 cohort to Public Service leaders.
•    Lead Organisation – 4 spaces available on 1 cohort to Public Service leaders.


If you have any questions about the nomination process, email:

For specific questions about the programme or course, email: