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 for programmes starting from Jan 2023 onwards

Programmes available
(ordered by start date)

Key dates

Lead System Leadership Programme 23/01

Phase 1: Feb–Mar 2023

Phase 2: 20–24 Mar 2023

Lead System Leadership Programme 23/03

Phase 1: May–Jun 2023

Phase 2: 19–23 Jun 2023

Lead Integrated Capability Leadership Programme 23/01

Phase 1: Jun–Jul 2023

Experiential residential phase: 11–16 Jun 2023

Wellington Residential phase: 31 Jul–4 Aug 2023


There are 8 Public Service spaces across the 2 cohorts of the Lead Systems Leadership Programme and 4 Public Service spaces on the Lead Integrated Capability Leadership Programme.

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.  

2023 Leadership Courses and Programmes [PDF, 186 KB]

Leadership characteristics [PDF, 184 KB]



Nominations closed 4 November 2022. 


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

For specific questions about the programme or course, email: