Moving into a new people leader role 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.

We recognise that, in today’s world, learning needs to accommodate individual and flexible-working approaches. The Development & Action Guides provide you with easy-to-access self-paced learning, where you can prioritise topics depending on your development needs.

The guides let you start your learning as soon as you begin in your new role. This means that you don’t have to wait for your agency’s next scheduled programme, which could be several months away. By that stage, you could have missed out on the critical development you need early in your transition.

How long will a development and action guide take to complete?

You should allow between two and four hours to complete the essential parts of each D&A Guide. This includes reading articles, watching videos, and completing planning and reflection tasks. Some of the tasks are likely to be a part of your day-to-day activities, which you can incorporate into your work without allocating extra time to complete them. You’ll be expected to have conversations with your direct reports, so the total time needed to complete those conversations will depend on how many direct-reports you have. The suggested deeper-dive readings and videos are optional, so allow extra time for these.

Do I need to complete all the tasks in the guide?

It’s important that you complete all the activities and answer all the questions. If you simply skim over the work and move on, you’re not likely to achieve the depth of learning required.

I’m not a big writer; can I just think about the activities rather than do them?

Some people scan or skip through workbooks or programme pre-work and rely on only getting a gist of the learning. While that approach might work sometimes, the development and action guides are different. They need to be completed as comprehensively as you can. If you simply skim them or only get the basics of what is being covered in them, you’ll also skim the learning and not give yourself the best opportunity for development.  

Do I work through the guides in a specific order?

You should start with the Mindset development and action guide. After that, choose the guides in order of where you need the most development. We recommend that you complete the NPL 180 Assessment first. The assessment will help you discover and reflect on the skills and behaviours you should focus on to develop your leadership capability.

What resources will I need to complete the guides?

  •  A quiet space and/or a set of headphones where you can watch/listen to the videos undisturbed.
  • Time scheduled to complete activities and have workplace conversations.
  • Someone to discuss your learning with, such as your manager, a mentor, a buddy, and/or an HR adviser.

Who will support me?

Your team: Leadership success is about your impact on and reputation with those you lead. Ask your team for their input and feedback on how you are getting on. When it comes to learning and trying new things out, let your team know about your learning and development and listen to their feedback.

Your manager: When it comes to developing yourself and working on ‘stretch’ areas, your manager will offer important support. They know what success looks like in your role and can help you to develop.

Your HR agency lead: This person can help you with agency-specific development plans, finding development opportunities for when you have completed the development and action guides, and general HR policies.

LDC is happy to receive feedback or queries about the development and action guides and assist with LDC website logins. Email LDC at info@ldc.govt.nz

Development and Action Guides

Mindset: Development and action guide

Mindset: Development and action guide

Connect: Development and Action Guide

Connect: Development and Action Guide

Purpose: Development and Action Guide

Purpose: Development and Action Guide

Achieve: Development and Action Guide

Achieve: Development and Action Guide

Develop: Development and Action Guide

Develop: Development and Action Guide