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 2021 intake is now open for applications:

Series two:

27-28 May - Influence & Behaviour
24-25 June - Delegation & Communication
29-30 July - Principles of Strategy

Series three:

26-27 August - Influence & Behaviour
23-24 September - Delegation & Communication
28-29 October - 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

  • Originally from the North Island, my background is in administration and accounts with the majority of this time spent in the luxury car industry where I progressed to Office Manager. On relocation to Christchurch I subsequently became part of the company delivering fibre technology to the area – Enable Networks. My current role as Assistant Accountant has me taking charge of the accounts payable function, assisting our accountants with month end requirements and most recently leading a small team of Cost Administrators. With my technical skills well established I’m now looking forward to being equipped with the skills and understanding of what makes a great leader. Outside of work I’m very family orientated, I also love to travel, to cook and sample the best NZ has to offer in cuisine and wines.
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    Megan Wilkes
  • Aleisha is the Global Sales Analyst for the Natural Pet Food Group Ltd, a premium pet food exporter to over 25 markets. In her role she supports the creation of business growth opportunities by identifying and analysing customer and category trends. Her key focus involves mining internal and external data to provide effective direction to Sales and Marketing initiatives with the aim of supporting accelerated growth across core markets. She started with the company in 2016 in Sales Operations and Activation, after returning from two years living abroad in London.
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    Aleisha Horan
  • Emi is a Registered Medical Laboratory Scientist in Christchurch Blood Bank department for New Zealand Blood Service. Originally from Christchurch, Emi completed a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science through University of Otago. In addition to her role as a scientist, Emi’s key responsibilities include being a lead trainer for new staff and university students on placement in the Blood Bank. Emi is currently leading the new laboratory design project for Blood Bank’s new premises. On the side, Emi is also the Social Club manager for her local department’s social functions and events.
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    Emi Sekine
  • Growing up in Christchurch, holidays spent on Banks Peninsula and inheriting an interest in both design and problem solving ultimately led to my choice to study locally at Lincoln University where I attained a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. Following graduation I hit the ground running by joining forces with a friend to build a landscape design company called H&S Landscape Design. Over the course of four years this award winning design company provided experience not only in design but also in other fields such as company finances, promotion and management. In 2016 a job opportunity at the Waimakariri District Council offered a chance to combine my interest in design and my love of community. As a Greenspace Community Engagement Officer with a qualification in landscape architecture, I now get to work with communities to design parks, playgrounds and outdoor spaces to best suit their needs. Seeing projects through from start to completion means I often get to consult with local communities, design to suit their needs, project manage to ensure it meets the standard and then watch as they enjoy using what we have created together. While at times I still miss being my own boss and the challenge of running a small company, my ability to have a positive impact on people in my community brings high job satisfaction. This role has also provided me with opportunities to develop skills in leadership and I am looking forward to developing my leadership capability further through undertaking this course.
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    Grant Stephens
  • Janelle is the project coordinator for Carus Group, a family owned, national painting and property maintenance company. Janelles role is a pivotal part of the operations team. The role was originally created to support one branch based out of the corporate office in Christchurch, has now grown to encompass seven branches throughout New Zealand. As Carus continues to grow, so does the project coordinator role. The overall objective remains the same, which is to assist with the smooth running of the operational side of the business. However it now involves an in-depth knowledge of health and safety practices and environmental responsibilities. Janelle has had rapid professional development whilst in the role new challenges each day and has developed strong resilience. Janelle is looking forward to developing her influence and delegation skills and truly understanding what it takes to be an effective leader
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    Janelle Cargill
  • Born and raised in Invercargill, Dan Carter is a Southlander through and through. Leaving an engineering background, Dan joined Ravensdown in 2012 at the Woodlands Store as general staff. Following a successful application for the Store Manager position at Balfour, Dan spent three years in that role. He subsequently moved back to Woodlands in mid-2019 to take up the position of Store Manager. In his free time, Dan enjoys fishing and hunting and being a dad to his young son. Dan is looking forward to increasing his leadership skills in the Emerging Leaders Programme.
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    Dan Carter
  • 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

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