Leadership in Practice
Leadership in Practice is LDC's highly-regarded nine-month development programme for experienced leaders who are ready to broaden their leadership impact and strategic influence across the system.

LiP provides an immersive development experience that will challenge you to develop the self-awareness, mindsets and skills needed to enhance your personal leadership effectiveness and impact. Expert facilitators support and challenge you to reflect on your leadership style and consider what behaviours and attitudes are helping and hindering your success.

With a strong focus on development planning, LiP includes individual coaching and peer learning to help you work towards and action your development goals.

LiP begins with a two-hour kickoff session, followed by a four-day residential (live in) and nine months of action learning and one-on-one coaching. 

Please note: Due to limitations posed by Covid-19 and advice from Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission and Ministry of Health, LDC has made the difficult decision to cancel LiP cohorts 64, 65, and 66. The programme will resume with LiP 67, starting on 23 September 2020.

For more information download the LiP flyer[PDF,770KB]

LiP Application form [PDF,2.2MB]

Download and save this application form to your files before you begin filling it out. You should allow about 20 minutes to complete this form. Please answer all the required questions*.

Schedule time to talk to your manager and general manger HR about your application. You will need their endorsements to apply.

Email the completed application to LDCProgrammes@ldc.govt.nz

Application closing dates:

Applications must be submitted no later than 2 months before the scheduled kickoff session of your preferred programme choice.

See page 2 of the application form for the full 2021 programme schedule and application deadlines.

Agency and manager endorsement:

Your application must be supported by both your manager and agency general manager HR. Some agencies have their own internal selection process for LiP. Before you begin your application, please check with your agency general manager HR or equivalent.

LiP 68 - Wellington

Kickoff date: 2 February 2021
Residential: 23-26 March 2021

Action Learning Groups
ALG 1: 4 May 2021
ALG 2: 6 July 2021
ALG 3: 7 September 2021
ALG 4: 2 November 2021

LiP 69 - Wellington

Kickoff date: 31 March 2021
Residential: 11-14 May 2021

Action Learning Groups
ALG 1: 7 July 2021
ALG 2: 25 August 2021
ALG 3: 20 October 2021
ALG 4: 1 December 2021

LiP 70 - Wellington

Kickoff date: 9 June 2021 
Residential: 27-30 July 2021

Action Learning Groups
ALG 1: 14 September 2021
ALG 2: 3 November 2021
ALG 3: 1 February 2022
ALG 4: 29 March 2022

LiP 71 - Wellington 

This cohort has been cancelled. Watch this space for new dates. 


General LiP programme information

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Kick off session

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Complete Leadership Circle assessment

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Pre-reading and reflection

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1:1 90 minute coaching debrief

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4-day residential workshop

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60 minute three way conversation between participant, manager and coach

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3 x facilitator-led Action Learning Groups

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Complete Individual Development Plan

3 x self-driven Action Learning Groups

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5 x 1:1 30-minute coaching sessions

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Final Action Learning Group & graduation

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