The success stories of Leadership NZ alumni are an enduring testament to the value of the Programme. Below our alumni reflect on the ways their lives have been influenced by their connection with Leadership NZ.
“Every now and then your waka needs an alignment – just like a car.” Just like New Zealand at the moment.
It was 2014, the year of Disruptive Leadership. However, Tom comes across as anything but disruptive. At least in any literal sense of the word. In fact, Tom creates an indelible impression of being far more influenced by the more recent Leadership NZ themes of mindful and integrative leadership. He is humble, reflective, self-effacing and there is an authenticity in the way that he views and discusses leadership and his own journey. Regardless, it is clear that Leadership NZ has left its mark on him.
Gandhi was boarding a train one day in India when a journalist asked him, ‘Gandhi, what is your message to the world?’ Gandhi looked at the journalist and simply said ‘My life. My life is my message.’ Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is following the same tenet. Her life is her message. And her life is poetry.
Neville found many lessons and driving forces within himself during his time on the Leadership NZ Programme, teachings that continue to help him through his leadership endeavours, including his most recent transition from commercial to a social enterprise role.
Typical of a Pacific culture, Josephine Bartley is a humble leader who finds it difficult to talk about herself. When pressed, however, we find that Josephine’s history is a rich tapestry of interwoven experiences which make her the respected community leader she is today.
Wendy McGuinness, the founder of McGuinness Institute, finished her time at the Leadership NZ Programme with a much deeper understanding of New Zealand and its people. She was looking for ways to contribute towards NZ going forward and from the Programme, she got what she came for. “I felt we could do better than we were doing. That we needed to work harder to be a great country, working hard to understand our differences as well as commonalities.”
“The Leadership NZ Programme is transformational,” Angela Bull says. “It is unlike any other leadership course. It stimulates you to not only think about things differently but also think about things you don’t always have time to think about in your day job. The result is a positive long-term effect on both your personal and professional life. I feel fortunate to have done the Programme and now be part of the Leadership NZ Alumni / whanau.”
Michael Berry was 28 years old when he did the Leadership NZ Programme. As an ordained Priest and Vicar of the St Philip’s Church in St Heliers (Auckland) at the time, he reflects and says, “I had no idea what a profound effect the Programme would have on the rest of my life.”
Since leaving the Leadership NZ Programme, Christian was named CEO of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.
On the very day Di Rump began the Leadership NZ Programme in 2011 she was offered a new job.
Rod Gibson did the Leadership NZ Programme in 2007 when it was in the first few years of existing. “It was high calibre,” Rod says “I don’t know how they got such important ‘top of New Zealand’ people to come speak to us back then, but they did, and it has had a profound effect on me.”
For Taane Mete, the value of the Leadership NZ Programme is clear – it allows you to connect with yourself and identify where you belong in the community.
Teresa Tepania-Ashton credits her humble parents for her success. As the oldest of her siblings, she saw her father work three jobs to make ends meet for their life in South Auckland.
In 2007, after 22 years in banking, Gillian Dudgeon made the move into risk management at ANZ Bank, or what she so avidly describes as the ‘dark side’.
Stephen has always been professionally attracted to complexity, tackling difficulties and developing solutions.
Ian Balme attended the Leadership NZ Programme in 2006. At the time he was one of only a couple of participants that came from the rural sector that year.
For Judy Nicholl, General Manager of Aeronautical Operations at Auckland Airport, the value of the Leadership NZ Programme is quite clear - she incorporates what she learned from it into her work each and every day.
Quentin McCarthy attended the Leadership NZ Programme in 2013 and he was inspired to put into action some initiatives that are getting rave reviews.
Michelle van Gaalen attended the Leadership NZ Programme in 2008 which was at a pivotal point in her long and successful executive management career.
It’s been seven years since Greg Orchard went through the Leadership NZ Programme and he still has no doubt what he learnt influences him every day.
Ten years ago, Lynette was hired to build up a flailing regional sports trust in West Auckland. It was a daunting task and what got her through the first steps was her innate belief in enabling the community (to do for themselves) and the power of “people connecting” and building relationships.
For Deidre Otene, 2008 was a turning point in her life taking part in the Leadership NZ Programme and since then she has embarked on a new journey of passion and a dream job.
Meredith Youngson sat in the Leadership NZ audience in 2006 and heard from a speaker who had given up his job and financial stability in order to follow his passion. This struck a chord with her and since then that is exactly what she has done.
Adrian Wimmers has a passion for making a positive difference for New Zealand through the work that he does, and in 2009 his passion for his work was solidified by the Leadership NZ Programme.
In 2006, Alistair Kwun was self-employed and searching for who he was and where he was heading. The NZ Leadership Programme was the perfect combination of “right place, right time” for him.
My congratulations to Leadership NZ for 10 years of leadership building and development and the positive impact this has had on individuals, whanau, hapu, iwi, businesses, organisations and communities.
Leadership has so many guises and being involved in the governance of not-for-profit (NFP) boards is just one of these. For me, this is a valuable contribution where people can have a positive influence in areas that may directly affect your local community at a grassroots level, or on a broader and even international scale.
Back in 2006 as Peter Fenton completed the Leadership NZ Programme, travelling around the world for work was probably not on his radar to the extent that it is today. He had just been appointed as Chief Executive of Postal Services at New Zealand Post and ahead of him were a few challenges.
When Craig Churchill started the Leadership NZ Programme in 2010 he went in thinking it would be more about sharpening and adding to his existing leadership toolkit and that it would in some way make him better.
Since 2008 a lot has changed for Penny Hulse. When she graduated from the Leadership NZ Programme she was Deputy Mayor of Waitakere City Council.