Applications & FAQs

The New Zealand Leadership Programme
Applications & FAQs


We are searching for leaders to take responsibility for New Zealand's future… 

Each year we bring together up to 36 mid-career senior leaders from the government, corporate, small and medium enterprise, social enterprise and not-for-profit sectors of New Zealand. They represent the cultural, gender and geographic diversity of New Zealand. Over 10 months, we connect this generation of leaders with leaders of the wisdom generation and subject-matter experts for leadership dialogue, debate and learning.

A Life In Leadership

  • Take personal leadership learning beyond natural boundaries and across sectors

  • Learn to build dialogue with other leaders from different backgrounds and viewpoints

  • Be challenged… to really listen and contemplate

  • Be exposed to new perspectives and different environments, and begin a journey of a life of leadership in your organisation, with your teams and within your community

  • Hear the frank opinions and concerns of leaders from across New Zealand and learn from their experiences

We seek individuals who:

  • Are talented leaders with at least 10 years' experience in their sector

  • Care about New Zealand and its future

  • Are in a position of strategic influence

  • Have demonstrated leadership capacity

  • Have senior executive support from their organisation

  • Are able to commit (the Programme spans 10 months across NZ and attendance is essential)

  • Are committed to continuing their leadership growth after the Programme via community involvement and/or volunteering for Leadership NZ's community projects

  • Are residents of New Zealand

Each cohort is drawn from diverse backgrounds and sectors of the community to reflect a balance of profit/not-for-profit, private/public leaders, and a range of genders, ethnicity and regional represenation, and are selected based on merit via an interview process. Places are limited to a maximum of 36 participants each year. Some scholarships are available to assist community leaders who would not otherwise be able to participate in the Programme. 

The New Zealand Leadership Programme starts in February each year. Our overall approach is to accept enquiries and expressions of interest from May each year and we look forward to receiving applications through to early September. Applications received after this are considered where appropriate to assist in building our diversity of participants which is at the core of our Programme.

2020 Programme - Application Form | Programme Dates | FAQs

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Any questions, please contact Petrina Togi-Sa’ena on (09) 309 3749 or via email (with subject line “NZ Leadership Programme 2020”).