Leadership Development Programme

Research and the Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) data clearly show the impact of leadership on agency performance and engagement.

The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) works with senior system leaders whose leadership effectiveness will be enhanced by broadening their perspective and experience across the whole of the public sector.

LDP focuses on the leadership styles and impact required for success in the future.

It is an 18-month programme with a strong focus on experiential and collective learning, where participants apply their individual and shared skills and thinking to system-wide 'wicked problems'. 

Participants who attend this programme will:

  • have been identified by their chief executive as ready and capable to take on a more complex system leadership role within the next 1-2 years (discussed at Career Boards if in a participating agency)
  • be respected by colleagues and have a track record of delivering effectively across the system on complex issues
  • have demonstrated the ability to think and operate strategically and innovatively with a strong customer focus
  • be committed to developing themselves and others
  • have a proven agility and success in dealing with multiple stakeholders, including Ministers.

Development opportunities

The programme gives participants opportunities to:

  • broaden their leadership experience and skills through working together with other participants on agreed system projects
  • learn the value of reflection through coaching and peer support
  • practise and exposure to different leadership styles to develop a greater understanding of what it takes to lead in a variety of work environments
  • build stronger networks and increased understanding across agencies.

Investment commitments

To succeed in the programme, a participant must:

  • have the explicit support of their chief executive and/or their manager
  • commit to the learning outcomes and active participation in the programme
  • complete all of the development activities, including group collective-learning. These involve an initial residential workshop, regular project and action learning group sessions, coaching, manager and chief executive meetings, and topical workshops averaging 2.5 hours per week over a period of 18 months.
  • $22,000.00 + GST per participant, payable in two instalments.

Acceptance to the programme is subject to a ratification process.

More information

Please see the Leadership Development Programme flyer (pdf) or contact LDC Programme Manager Nicola Richardson on 04 494 8385.

Inspired action: Three senior leaders share their leadership experiences

LDC asked three senior women leaders: Maria McDonald, Director Electronic Monitoring Procurement and Transformation Programme, Department of Corrections; Gillian Warren, Wellington District Port Manager (Acting), Border Operations, New Zealand Customs Service; and Susan Kosmala, General Manager Studylink, Ministry of Social Development - all currently on LDC's Leadership Development Programme about their leadership experiences.

They shared their thoughts on today's leadership challenges, their recent leadership lessons, and advice for new leaders. LDC thanks Maria, Gillian and Susan for sharing their insights and reflections.

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