Emerging Leaders Programme

Develop your potential

What to expect

The Emerging Leaders Programme is a professional development pathway for young professionals aged 35 or younger wanting to accelerate their career progression through personal development and growth.

Supported by the Emerging Leaders Scholarship (funded by The New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership) this programme will develop participants capability to build a plan and embark upon an authentic leadership journey.

During this challenging programme an Emerging Leader will be provided with an opportunity to build and develop their core business acumen, leadership capability and expand their natural strengths. They will work with a cohort of peers, providing them with a platform of networks for the future.

Our 2020 intake is now open for applications:

Series one:

27-28 February - Influence & Behaviour
26-27 March - Delegation & Communication
30 April & 1 May - Principles of Strategy

Series two:

21-22 May - Influence & Behaviour
25-26 June - Delegation & Communication
30-31 July - Principles of Strategy

Series three:

27 - 28 Aug- Influence & Behaviour
24 - 25 Sept - Delegation & Communication
29 - 30 Oct - Principles of Strategy

Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Our commitment to the future of leadership in New Zealand

People Leaders, supported by the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership are proud to offer the Emerging Leaders Scholarship to aspiring leaders of New Zealand.

The People Leaders Emerging Leaders Scholarship is valued at $5000 + and includes:

• Emerge Capability Assessment
• Six days of professional development
• One to one consultation
• Access to online learning
• Career mapping
• Graduation celebration.

The Emerging Leaders Scholarship forms part of the Emerging Leaders application process and is only available to NZIML subscribers (subject to suitability assessment). Applications are now open.

Emerge Capability Assessment

Our unique Emerge Assessment system will support the Emerging Leader and their manager to make the right development choices, provide them with constructive feedback and ensure they are developing leadership capability in the key areas that will provide them with the greatest professional growth opportunities.

The Emerge Assessment system examines eight key results areas:

1. Vision
2. Empowerment of others
3. Environment
4. Contribution
5. Focus
6. Strategy
7. Commercial acumen
8. Self-awareness.

The series of personalised questions probe and deepen the understanding of individual development opportunities. Managers also receive an assessment to complete, adding to the robustness of the system.

Six days of professional development

Three two-day workshops delivered monthly over a three month period in Christchurch. These programmes are:

Workshop 1: Influence & Behaviour (Self)

The foundation workshop of the Emerging Leaders programme focuses on understanding you as a leader. How do you behave, respond, relate, communicate, influence? What effect does your behaviour have on your team? How can awareness of 'self' lead to better leadership results?

- Define what leadership means to you

- Identify the traits you value in good leaders

- Leverage the E's & the P's

- Communicate clear expectations through your ability to influence others

- Define, build and relate to your tribe

- Clearly distinguish between influence and persuasion

- Understand styles of influence and how you can change your communication to meet the needs of others.

Workshop 2: Delegation & Communication (Others)

One of the most powerful tools of an effective leader is the ability to reallocate duties, tasks or responsibilities in a manner that allows their team to feel empowered and trusted and gives them opportunity to develop and grow. This workshop focuses on the complex dynamics of delegation and how, by supporting your team to shine, you are developing in your role as leader.

- Understanding the benefits of delegation

- Distinguishing between assigning routine work and delegation opportunities

- Understanding foundational leadership practices to enhance delegation opportunities

- Activating the empowerment potential of delegation

- Selecting and assigning tasks for delegation

- Utilising delegation to benefit individuals, teams and the organisation

- Developing employees capacity to manage complex tasks.

Workshop 3: Strategy (Organisation)

Strategy is a fundamental in every organisation. Understanding the principles of strategy will allow you to develop a robust business plan, taking full advantage of your organisation's strengths and capabilities. Build your understanding to ensure you can be part of the process, be it, creating, implementing or challenging strategy. This programme reviews a number of proven global strategic frameworks. Learn to build an internal response to an external environment, ensuring you are commercially aware and responsive.

- Increase your awareness of the global influence in strategy

- Define a number of strategic models

- Build your confidence in the implementation of strategy

- Learn to define a strategic need

- Understand the importance in the execution of strategy

- Develop the knowledge to engage in strategic conversations

- Increase your knowledge of commercial gains from strategy.

One to One Consultation

The sharing and implementation of programme out-takes are a vital aspect of the Emerging Leaders Programme. Following each workshop module Emerging Leaders have a one-to-one consultation with a People Leaders Leadership Consultant to recap programme out-takes, reflect on wins and challenges and review professional (and personal) goals.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the Emerging Leaders Programme. I was grateful to be given the opportunity by my organisation to be a part of it and have enjoyed the learning that I've achieved out of it. The programme being structured as three different courses has allowed me to gain different experiences and knowledge that I've been able to take back to my role and my organisation as a whole".

Ester Nicolay, Group Corporate Services Manager, TPT Group - view full testimonial


$2,530 including GST People Leaders or NZIML Subscriber

People Leaders Emerging Leaders Scholarship Programme is proudly supported by the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership and is only available to People Leaders or NZIML subscribers. Not a member? For further information about a corporate subscription with People Leaders please click here.


This is a unique partially funded scholarship opportunity designed for emerging leaders under 35 years of age in full or part time employment see full terms and conditions.

Once you make the decision to become an Emerging Leader you will complete the following steps:

1. Complete the online application form
2. We will send you and your manager our online Emerge Assessment
3. We will arrange a time to review your assessment with you and your manager and together we will determine your development pathway
4. Post each programme we will make an agreed time for a programme review call
5. Upon completion of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship programme you will be invited to a graduation celebration.

For further information or assistance in regards to the Emerging Leaders Programme, phone People Leaders on 03 341 7700 or email info@peopleleaders.co.nz.

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Recipients

  • Matt is the Assistant Project Manager for the Scott Base Redevelopment Project at Antarctica New Zealand. Hailing from Perth, he completed a Bachelor in civil and construction engineering in 2011, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. Matt’s key responsibilities include managing work packages associated with the Scott Base Redevelopment Project, which recently included a three week deployment to Antarctica to complete geotechnical investigations. A background in site-based power station construction, coupled with work as a design engineer give Matt well rounded experience in all aspects of major construction projects. Matt has visited all seven continents, including four trips to Antarctica, and enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, golf, hiking and camping.
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    Matthew Jordan
  • Rebecca is currently the Programme Extension Officer for OSPRI New Zealand Limited. Raised on a sheep and beef farm in Southland, Rebecca has strong farming interests and has found herself working in the agricultural sector since graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning at Lincoln University. Her current role focuses on stakeholder and shareholder engagement in OSPRI’s disease management and livestock traceability programmes including education, communication and support for the farming community in the Northern South Island.
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    Rebecca Nind
  • After over 8 years with the Earthquake Commission, I have undertaken an IT Product Owner role supporting claims teams through the complex tail of the Canterbury recovery programme and assisting to transition EQC to respond to future events. This is the latest in a variety of roles with EQC, including working as a BA in the Land Programme undertaking ‘first in the world’ geotechnical research in Canterbury. I have enjoyed the fast pace, adaptability, and delivery focus that comes with working in an environment with high levels of pressure and change. Outside of work I have spent time travelling Aotearoa, backpacking around South America and Europe, and exploring hard to reach places in the Pacific.
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    Robyn Hilbourne
  • Monica is the ZQ Project Manager at The New Zealand Merino Company, a wool marketing and innovation company based in Christchurch. Monica studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with honours at Lincoln University, and after a couple of years of overseas travel, she joined the NZM team in 2016. Monica is responsible for managing various projects relating to the sustainability and profitability of sheep farming. These projects involve working with the wool growers, internal teams, and the international brands that purchase the wool.
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    Monica Schwass
  • David is responsible for leading and managing both the internal and external developments taking them through from pre-feasibility through to construction delivery at the home. Development Group. Throughout his career, David has been responsible for managing and delivering circa $50m+ worth of assets for the University of Canterbury which range from Civil Infrastructure upgrades, Accommodation Projects, Tertiary Educational facilities, and Multi-Purpose Conference Centres. Originally trained in the creative art of problem-solving through Architecture (MArch Prof.) but has further developed a uniquely juxtaposed skill-set of working with numbers (MBA). This distinctive combination has helped him make things work creatively but also efficiently.
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    David Wong
  • Yuki is a Project Engineer for Tumblar Products Ltd, a privately owned chemical contract manufacturing business based in Christchurch. Yuki graduated from the University of Canterbury with a BE (Hons) Mech. and a Master of Engineering in Management. The decision to study further after his bachelor’s degree was because he wanted to move away from a technical career path to a project management role. As a Project Engineer, Yuki’s primary role is to manage capital expenditure projects from start to finish which he thoroughly enjoys as it allows him to be in the front line of new technology and develop his career ambitions. Outside of work Yuki enjoys playing football, tennis, exploring the outdoors and socialising with friends.
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    Yuki Shimihana
  • A Kiwi girl born in the Waikato, I come from a dairy farming family and being outdoors is a love of mine, whether it’s exploring new places or hiking around the hills. I have developed leadership skills through my love of sport, basketball being number one. A number of years with different teams has enabled me to meet some wonderful people and visit some amazing places. My love for exploring has seen me travel around Europe and step outside my comfort zone in different countries. After graduating from University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Science, I stepped into the government sector where I have developed my way into a senior position within my workplace. My current role includes supporting my team, managing workloads, maintaining relationships internally and externally and reporting to senior management . This role has allowed me to develop some leadership skills and I look forward to participating in this course to develop my leadership capability further.
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    Ashlee Bilbrough
  • Lauren is the Compliance Manager for Ravensdown Christchurch Works. Lauren completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning at Lincoln University. Following this she moved to Blenheim to take up the role of Environmental Protection Officer at Marlborough District Council. In late 2016 Lauren returned to Christchurch to begin the role of Compliance Manager at Ravensdown. This role focuses on ensuring the site is complying with all relevant legislation and leads the continuous improvement of environmental, health and safety performance of the manufacturing site. On a personal level Lauren enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Lauren is looking forward to developing her leadership skills to improve the effectiveness of the Compliance Manager Role.
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    Lauren Kensington
  • Cameron is the Operations Manager at West Coast Regional Council.
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    Cameron Doake
  • Rhiannon joined Tradestaff as an intern while completing a Bachelor of Management studies majoring in Human Resource Management and Public Relations. After a year and a half with the company Rhiannon was promoted to Senior Consultant within the Hamilton Branch. Rhiannon’s responsibilities include interviewing and screening candidates, identifying suitable roles for candidates and developing and maintaining client relationships. Rhiannon is driven by personal development and is excited to take part in the Emerging Leaders programme.
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    Rhiannon Clark-Bogle
  • Rachel is the National Salesperson for New Zealand Health Food Company, a Christchurch based family business established over 30 years ago, that focuses on trade sales both domestically and internationally for Premium Manuka honey and Bee products, along with key health supplements. Coming from a background in Interior Design, Rachel sought a change of direction in her career and the opportunity to work at New Zealand Health Food Company provided her with this opportunity. Having been in the industry for two and a half years, Rachel has grown very passionate for both the products and the brand she represents. The business and the opportunities available are going from strength to strength, and she is excited to be a part of that journey. After establishing the fundamentals of the industry, Rachel is ready to take the next step into seeking more of a management role to further her career.
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    Rachel Dick
  • Maddy is the Global E-Commerce Manager of K9 Natural, a premium pet food exporter to over 25 markets. During her time with the company she has worked closely with a wide range of markets, stakeholders and agencies to bring the K9 Natural brand to life on the international stage. She started at K9 Natural as an intern in 2014 after graduating from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree.
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    Maddy Surie

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