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The Leadership Mindset Programme

Building leadership capabilities for mid-career managers.

“Leadership Mindset is an absolute must for everyone. I’ve been to many professional training courses, but this has been the best. It’s engaging, participatory, thought-provoking and hands-on.”  Ed Hendrikse, Dean Manurewa High School

About the programme

The Leadership Mindset Programme builds new learning and capabilities to help you step up in your organisation.

The programme is comprised of three two-day, non-residential workshops across a three month period. This format enables participants to:

  • Develop new leadership thinking from experienced facilitators, programme peers and guest speakers in interactive sessions
  • Practise and embed new learning in their own organisations throughout the programme
  • Challenge or recognise common assumptions about leadership and management
  • Sustain new leadership practices beyond the duration of the programme


Am I eligible?

This programme is ideally suited to:

  • Mid-career managers and professionals
  • Those who are leading teams, projects or whose role requires them to lead across departments or networks
  • Those ready for a step-change in their career pathway


2021 schedule and programme content

Workshop 1
19-20 August

Identifying the work of leadership

  • Connecting with why leadership is so important
  • Distinguishing between professional expertise, management and leadership
  • Developing new leadership understanding
Workshop 2
23-24 September

Doing the work of leadership

  • Building robust conversations
  • Engaging productively with conflict and difference
  • Identifying and working across boundaries
Workshop 3
28-29 October

Sustaining the work of leadership

  • Leading through change and uncertainty
  • Working with meaning and purpose
  • Sustaining leadership practice


Individual and Organisational Benefits

Organisations will have managers and team leaders who:

  • Engage proactively with the organisation’s strategic objectives
  • Engage with issues for which there are no easy answers
  • Adapt to different challenges with agile thinking


Our facilitators

Brigid Carroll

Professor, Graduate School of Management
Management and International Business


Dr Leny Woolsey

Professional Teaching Fellow
Management and International Business

Success story

“This programme is probably one of the most practical learning experiences I’ve had in my career. We were guided through different leadership constructs, which challenge traditional views. I was surprised how much I could take immediately into my challenging real world and start applying even before the end of the programme – that’s the true test of its value.”

Keith Linforth | General Manager Customer Operations | Vocus Communications

“The Leadership Mindset programme has enabled my doctors to move beyond their well-honed ‘medical expert’ mindset. They are more creative and explore new ways of working – leading us to better meet the needs of those we serve.”

Willem Landman | Clinical Director | Emergency Department Waitemata DHB


Programme cost

The programme fee is $5,500 + GST.

This includes attendance at all modules, materials and required reading. It also includes coffee, tea breaks and lunches on class days.

Discounts are available for self-sponsored participants, organizations sponsoring multiple students and University of Auckland staff.



2021 Alumni Leadership Scholarship

University of Auckland alumni are invited to apply for the 2021 University of Auckland Alumni Leadership Scholarship, to receive a fully-funded place on the Leadership Mindset Programme. Applications are now closed.

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