The New People Leader (NPL) Development Programme helps you to identify the skills, behaviours, and mindset you need to succeed in your new role.

Are you a people leader for the first time? This can be one of the most difficult transitions in your career. You’ll have some great skills already, but as you move into a people leader role what will make you successful will be quite different.

Through research and engagement, the LDC has identified the six development priorities that are the most important for new people leaders to focus on in the first 12 months of transition. These development priorities form the foundation of the programme. The priorities build on leadership characteristics and come from the Leadership Success Profile: Leadership Success Profile (LSP) [PDF, 153KB].

Te tirohanga | Mindset
Te whakawhanaungatanga | Connect
Te Whāinga | Purpose
Te whakatutuki | Achieve
Te aro whaiaro | Feedback
Te whakawhanake | Develop

What are the options to access the New People Leader Development?

Option 1: Self-guided Development & Action Guides only

Self-paced learning for new people leaders to work through the six development priorities: Mindset, Connect, Purpose, Achieve, Feedback, Develop. Work through the guides on your own, at your own pace, with your manager’s support. Alternatively, you might choose to meet up with other new people leaders and learn together. The six guides make up the complete learning package to help you transition into your new people leader role.

Option 2: Agency delivered New People Leader Development

An agency-run development is usually a cohort of 12–16 new people leaders. The core of the development is six Development & Action Guides, each followed by a facilitated session (Workout). A Workout is where leaders can practise skills and use the learning they’ve gained through the D&A Guides. The Workouts give you the opportunity to be part of a group, where you can share learning and discuss the challenges you encounter as new people leaders.

Option 3: LDC delivered programmes 

LDC has regular intakes for the New People Leader Development Programme. The programme is currently delivered virtually, so no matter where in the country you are based, you can attend. This includes the six Development & Action Guides, each followed by a facilitated session (Workout). It is supported by Kick-off and Recall sessions and regular peer learning groups. 

Find out more with the links below

Self guided learning

Self guided learning

You can use the guides independently to support your growth as a new people leader.
Development within your Agency

Development within your Agency

Most public service agencies offer a range of support for new people leaders.
LDC Delivered Programme

LDC Delivered Programme

Register for one of the LDC's New People Leader Development Programmes.