The NZ Leadership Programme Reflections
Participants reflect on the words and lessons that resounded with them from our sessions across 2018.
“Leaders as Healers repurposes existing euro-centric knowledge and demands a re-alignment. It questions purpose and meaning in a life lived according to a linear clock, one that is dictated by needs that are increasingly becoming irrelevant in the face of a world keening at the unfolding tragedy across the land.”
“I am cognizant that my workplace and my country are at a crossroads where great care, acts of kindness and bravery are required to create and restore the safe space where all can flourish.”
“Ultimately, the pre-planned session was forgotten….We wrapped our arms around each other as the rest of the cohort wrapped around us in a circle and sang to our pain. Tears ran down my eyes. I was not the only one.” A solemn reflection from Victor Rodger on Retreat Two of The NZ Leadership Programme which took place during the Christchurch shootings.
“ I was changing. I had a challenging situation at work: I used what I’d learned. I took on a project with a new confidence. I saw the world in ways I had never seen before.“
"Here’s to pulling this year towards ourselves – to stretch, grow and really know what it is to 'Dare Greatly' in our call to leadership."
Session Seven was an opportunity to tap into my soul, spirit and the child. I feel what it would be like to heal old wounds and reconnect with my inner essence.
Our sixth retreat beckons us to a familiar gathering, one of friendship, of learning, of challenge, of the inevitable chance/choice to self-grow, self-explore and self-love.
When we first got together as a group in February, I was struck by what an impressive, confident and high-achieving group of people it is. What I didn’t fully appreciate then, but do now, is the extent to which the 2018 cohort reflects the diverse society we live in.
We have now reached the point in our Leadership NZ journey, that when the group meet, it’s like connecting with old friends. The 2018 cohort met enthusiastically at the idyllic Caccia Birch House in Palmerston North in anticipation of what lay ahead. Although a little chilly, the sun was to shine on us physically and mentally throughout the next two days.
Thursday 24th May dawned. The start of Session Four - crisp, but not too cold. Entered the NZTE Majestic Centre Building, pushed level 15 in the lift. Doors opened and we were greeted with a magnificent view of the Wellington vista and then the warmth of the 2018 NZ Leadership Programme cohort.