Leadership Academy

Developing future Otago business leaders...

To be better equipped for leadership within your own organisation, workplace or business, apply to our Academy today.

What is it?

The Leadership Academy is for people looking at developing their existing leadership experience and who have the potential for holding senior positions and governance roles. The programme assists the participant to be equipped for leadership within their own organisation/business and the community.

The participant, at the completion of the eight experiential and reflective learning sessions, will have a good understanding of what is required to be a significant leader in their own organisation and in the wider business community.

Each of the eight sessions is led by a senior executive from significant Otago based businesses or other organisations. The participant will benefit from the opportunity to interact with the presenter and build an ongoing connection with them.

Each session is two hours long from 9.00am to 11.00am on Friday mornings, 26 May to 14 July 2017 and active engagement in dialogue is expected. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 participants

Total investment $1,500.00+GST


Call Cara Bradley on 03 479 0181 | email cara@otagochamber.co.nz  | www.otagochamber.co.nz

Current programme:

FLYER (the order of sessions may change from the following)


Friday 26 May 2017, 9.00am start

Leadership - Errol Millar, Chairman of the Phillips Search and Rescue Trust                               

  • What is leadership?
  • What makes a good leader?
  • Developing culture, values and vision
  • Decision making
  • The dangers of ego
  • Building team
  • Follower profiles

Friday 2 June 2017, 9.00am start

Community Leadership - Carol Melville, Otago Community Trust

  • Social responsibility
  • The importance of getting involved – making a difference
  • Working with community organisations
  • Not-for-profit management
  • Social enterprise

Friday 9 June 2017, 9.00am start

Leadership Personal Development - Phil Ker, CEO Otago Polytechnic

  • Developing leadership capability
  • Career pathways
  • Personal goal setting, vision, career direction
  • Finding and using mentors
  • The importance of developing personal accountability structures and system.

Friday 16 June 2017, 9.00am start

Leadership in Governance - Susie Staley, Staley Cardoza Lawyers

  • Defining governance and why it is important
  • How governance interacts with management
  • The essential requirements for good governance
  • The risks in being a director of an organisation or business
  • Preparation required for a governance meeting

23 June 2017, 9.00am start

Leading in a Crisis - Errol Millar, Chairman of the Phillips Search and Rescue Trust               

  • Preparing for a crisis
  • What happens when an emergency or crisis occurs?
  • Decision making in a crisis
  • Critical thinking in an emergency
  • Leading people in an emergency
  • Dealing with the media

30 June 2017, 9.00am start

Business Leadership - Steve Silvey, CEO Powerhouse Ventures Ltd

  • Building a business
  • Developing the idea
  • Business models, business planning and strategic planning
  • Knowing your market
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Measuring success – more than just a financial bottom line

7 July 2017, 9.00am start

Leading Change - Carolyn King, University of Otago, Change Manager

  • Change management
  • Phases of change management
  • Communicating during change
  • Culture of change
  • Bravery and stamina

14 July 2017, 9.00am start

Leadership in Management -
Dougal McGowan, CEO Otago Chamber of Commerce

  • The role of leader as a manager
  • People management
  • The importance of succession
  • Encouraging leadership in all roles
  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical Leadership