Session outlines

What’s covered in the three Public Health Leadership Programme workshops.

Workshop one: Leading self

What is leadership?

We explore what leadership is, how it differs from management, and what’s expected of leaders. We provide a Leadership Map to guide you through the territory of leadership.

You as a leader

There is no one best type of leader. What’s important is leading in a way that is real and authentic for you. This requires self-awareness, self-belief and clarity about what you believe in and stand for. In this session you clarify your personal values and create an inspiring leadership vision for yourself. We reveal the hidden nature of self-imposed limitations on leadership potential.

Leadership styles

Leaders are flexible and adaptable, able to employ different leadership styles for different situations. Using the DISC behavioural styles framework we explore the impact of different leadership styles. You receive your own comprehensive DISC report which reveals your primary leadership style including strengths and areas to work on.

Ethics and values of public health

We explore the values of public health. We engage in ethical issues that emerge in public health.

Workshop two: Strategic leadership

Seeing the big picture

Understanding the determinants of health and how these determinants can be influenced is essential to public health. Workshop Two begins with an inspiring and challenging introduction to some of the key challenges facing public health in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

Creating shared purpose and values 

Clarity of purpose and values is an important touchstone for making strategic decisions. Effective leaders have a deep understanding of their organisation’s purpose and model values. We show you how to develop shared purpose and values, and leave you equipped to undertake this work with your team or organisation.

Creating the future

Effective leaders are forward-looking – scanning the horizon, setting direction and guiding the thinking about how to reach a new future. We explore how to create a shared vision and bold goals. You will be equipped to use a simple and highly effective strategic planning tool that has been used with some of New Zealand’s leading organisations.

Political savvy

Successful leaders know how to manage government and organisational politics. They take the initiative and they forge consensus. Ultimately, they help others maximise their impact. This session addresses how successful leaders operate ethically behind-the-scenes. You will analyse your own political style, and understand the strategies and tactics used by ethical leaders. You will learn how to navigate political minefields so you can increase your influence in your organisation and in public health.

Leading change through people

Leaders bring about change – taking people to new places and bringing about new ways of doing things. We explore the dynamics of leading change and what it takes to align people to the change you want to bring about.

Workshop three: Delivering results

Collaborative working

Great leaders are able to work collaboratively. We explore the challenges and opportunities for working collaboratively in public health. You are equipped with strategies to engage and sustain others in collaborative working relationships.

Empowering others

Effective leaders bring out the best in those around them. In this session we explore coaching as a key skill for empowering others.

Having courageous conversations

Leaders sometimes have to tackle challenging conversations. We will explore how to turn challenging conversations into learning conversations.


Leaders are influential – using interpersonal savvy to deliver results. In this session we explore how to influence others ethically. You will learn how to create a strategic influencing plan.

Leadership development plan

In this session you create a plan for your ongoing leadership development.

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