Leadership and executive training in New Zealand 

Date: 8th January 2020

Leadership training for business can come in all shapes and sizes. If you have been a leader in your business for a long time, sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know and it can be difficult to see your blind spots. If you are interested in a driving a thriving business, one that makes a difference in your lives and others, the best place to start is with some personal development.  

Winery owner talking to staff member

We are lucky in New Zealand to have a range of training options, whether it is at a governance level, pushing personal boundaries and driving personal growth or challenging beliefs or developing strategy. Here we take a look at some incredible organisations that help Kiwis and their businesses grow. 


The Icehouse is focused on enhancing the potential of New Zealand business owners and entrepreneurs. Their programmes help to develop Kiwi businesses through knowledge, connection and investment. 

The Icehouse is owned by a not-for-profit trust, The ICE Foundation, and is backed by the financial support and expertise of the New Zealand government and an extensive group of committed partners that include: Bank of New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation, Xero, Vodafone, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and their founder, The University of Auckland Business School. 

Icehouse offers business owners one-on-one business coaching, leadership development programmes and workshops. Their programmes aim to develop specific skills sets and capabilities of entrepreneurs and business owners. You can check out their programmes here. 

Leadership NZ

Leadership New Zealand is focused on enriching New Zealand by developing active leadership, in connected communities. Their purpose is to build an exceptional culture that develops and celebrates resilient, courageous and authentic leaders.   

The focus is on leadership education and diversity to achieve higher levels of engagement, creativity and innovation.

They facilitate two yearly leadership programmes, regular alumni events and they closely work with leaders of not-for-profits organisations. Leadership NZ helps ensure Kiwis in positions of influence are equipped for the challenges of leadership. 

Check out what they do here.

Institute of Directors

The NZ Institute of Directors equips and inspires its members, to add value across New Zealand business and society. The NZ Institute of Directors assembles an extensive business network and provides professional governance courses, events and resources. 

The NZ IoD is for established directors to support their profession by belonging to the professional organisation for directors. It is about upholding standards for directors and to give back to the profession. New directors are able to join to further develop their careersThey offer on-going training, no matter what career stage. There is also the opportunity for mentoring and continued training as the business landscape changes. 

Outward Bound 

Outward Bound is one of New Zealand’s leading organisations for showing people their full potential through outdoor challenge and adventure. They believe in experiential learning, or learning through doing. That means students take responsibility over the challenge ahead of them. Whether that’s leading the way on an expedition or managing their team to complete a kayak journey.

They focus on building transferable skills and attitudes that remain far beyond a participant’s time with the programme. Lessons learnt are applicable to work, study, home, and they last for a lifetime. 

Outward Bound is based in Anakiwa. They offer courses in Professional Development designed to develop a new generation of leaders with resilience, adaptability, confidence and self-awareness. The programme is delivered over 5 days, in the outdoors. This is personal growth at its best!

Tu Moana

Tu Moana is about improving diversity and inclusion through mana-centred leadership. They offer strategy development training, inclusive leadership training, they address unconscious bias and focus on staff wellness and mana as resilience. 

Tu Moana custom design a learning experience specific to the needs of your team. They work with organisations in health, government, not for profit, business and education.  Moana utilises a mana-centered approach, which draws on both western and indigenous ways of understanding oneself, regardless of cultural background, as a first step to understanding others. 

Check out their gig here.

Here at Findlay Sidekick we are all about training and development. Our staff are able to continue their professional development both formally and informally. We are lucky enough to tap into some courses run by SAANZ and keep ourselves up to date! 

How will you learn something new in 2020?  

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