Tailored programmes let LDC members choose from a range of leadership development modules to customise for their organisation.

It is an ideal option for an agency wanting to meet specific individual or agency goals. These programmes also suit agencies looking for a one-off programme that fits within an existing suite of programmes. 

For example, a tailored programme focused on strategic vision could feature modules on strategic alignment, polarity management, leading complex organisations, scenario planning and future building. An alternative, designed to improve service delivery, might feature modules on the machinery of government, leading through change, operational governance, innovation and design thinking and innovation for delivery of Better Public Services. Or, another focused on individual improvement, might feature modules on managerial courage, mindfulness, executive presence and values, vision and leadership.

For more information, contact Melanie Cranko, Managing Principal Programmes 04 494 8386.

Agency tailored programmes

Lead at MFAT

This programme is for experienced, high-performing MFAT leaders who are ready to transform their leadership and broaden their capability from an operational to a system perspective. Participants, identified by their managers, develop their self-awareness and strengthen their leadership skills. Lead at MFAT is a 10-month programme, consisting of a residential, Action Learning Labs and coaching.

Participants will:

  • strengthen their leadership network across and beyond MFAT
  • broaden their perspective about the Public Service, leadership and their impact 
  • acquire a set of systems-thinking concepts and tools
  • learn how to have powerful conversations to open up new possibilities
  • work collectively on a ‘wicked problem’ that is strategically important to MFAT.

Cultural Sector Action Learning Groups

The Cultural Sector Action Learning Groups programme is for new and existing managers who want to update their skills and develop their leadership to manage and lead people in the cultural and sports sectors. There are two programme strands: one for new or aspiring managers and one for managers continuing their development.

The programme kicks off with an introductory half-day and learning, followed by five three-hour sessions. Each session includes two hours of action learning followed by new content on different topics. You will put learning into practice at work, between each Action Learning Group session.

Management in Action for agencies

Based on LDC’s Management in Action programme, the following programmes are being run in 2018-19:

  • Leading through Influence, Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade MiA
  • MiA Ministry of Transport
  • MiA Ministry of Culture and Heritage
  • MiA Maritime New Zealand
  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MiA
  • MiA Natural Resources Sector.

Building Capable Managers, Central Agencies

Building Capable Managers is tailored for Central Agencies.  It's designed for new managers wanting a solid foundation in leadership and management skills. Existing managers wanting to develop and grow their skills are also encouraged to attend. The programme supports managers to work within a group to examine the basics of management and leadership to transition from specialty areas to manage and lead others. Topics include: Getting work done through others, relating skills, managerial courage, identifying and selecting talent and inspiring others. The programme include workshops and action learning sessions over a period of 7-12 months. If you are interested in participating in these programmes, please contact your agency HR representative.

NZDF Institute for Leadership Development

As part of our role, LDC assesses and advices on interventions to contribute to system leadership behaviour. We share leading practise across the public sector. The NZDF Institute for Leadership Development has a number of leadership development programmes that are open to participants from the wider public sector. These programmes involve outdoor activities designed to challenge leaders.

NZDF programme summary (pdf)

For more information contact the NZDF Institute for Leadership Development on ild@nzdf.mil.nz  04 527 5415.