This three-month programme is developed in association with the Capability Group for local government professionals and delivered by facilitators with exceptional knowledge and understanding of the sector.

  • 31 May 2024-13 Aug 2024
  • 09:00 - 17:00
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  • International Antarctic Centre, Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2,900.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 3,200.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

LG Accelerated Leadership is a highly interactive, practical programme designed to allow participants to discuss and debate the qualities and behaviours of great leaders. It focusses on authentic leadership, making a difference in their role, and delivering results for their councils.

Participants enjoy local government focussed content including senior leader speakers who share and discuss their experience as it applies to each topic. It is expected that participants come willing to discuss issues and challenges they face under the Chatham House Rule.

The programme now includes:

  • greater embedding of te ao Māori across all elements of the programme
  • a VR session with Reveal, New Zealand's first multiplayer virtual reality learning experience, bringing immersive virtual reality technology together with expert behavioral psychology
  • guest speakers (from within and outside the council)

“Leadership at its core is never about you. Leadership is about how effective you are at unleashing other people. Full stop. That’s it. That’s the secret. Leadership empowers other people as a result of your presence and makes sure that impact continues into your absence.” Frances Frei and Anne Morriss: Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You


The LG Accelerated Leadership Programme is designed to be delived regionally so participants can make connections with people in their area. We try to make these as convenient as possible for the attendees registered.

Why should you attend?

The programme is delivered over a three-month period allowing time for genuine growth as a leader. It has been developed specifically for local government professionals and is delivered by facilitators with exceptional knowledge and understanding of the sector.

Learning syndicates are set up on day one allowing networking between workshops to reflect on learning and how it applies to their council role – many of these relationships continue to develop even after the programme has finished.

    Who should attend?

    The Taituarā LG Accelerated Leadership Programme is aimed at tier three and four managers and people who want to excel in their leadership role. This programme aims to develop participants' leadership capabilities, so they can in turn develop others.

      How it works

      The programme is held on a regional basis and is made up of seven modules, delivered in three face-to-face sessions, and one two-hour online session.

      • Module 1: Leading with purpose
      • Module 2: Leading with strengths
      • Module 3: Leading the team
      • Module 4: Leading through collaboration
      • Module 5: Leading and learning
      • Module 6: Leading with courage
      • Module 7: Leading change


      • Workshop 1 Friday 31st May
      • Workshop 2 Tuesday 18th June
      • Workshop 3 Tuesday 16th July ONLINE 2 hours 2pm - 4pm
      • Workshop 4 Tuesday August 13th

      The venue for these workshops is the International Antarctic Centre
      Address: Corner Roy Place and, Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052

        There are three distinct phases, which are designed to encourage the application of learning:

        • Prepare phase – preparation work is sent out to participants two weeks prior to each workshop
        • Explore phase – four hour in person or two hour online workshops
        • Apply phase – applying tools, techniques, and approaches learned on the job

        What our leaders are saying

          "Leadership is not black and white, you can't learn it all from a textbook - you learn from your own and others' experiences – and this programme provides that opportunity."

          "I have found this programme extremely beneficial. The facilitator was really engaging, and I really enjoyed her style. I also found value in having the regional group."

          Find out more

          If you have any queries about this programme please email Lauren Hourigan

          By registering for this development programme you are confirming that you have current or recent experience as a people leader in local government.


          Mike Kensington
          Accelerated Leadership Facilitator Read Profile