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Enhancing Leadership


  • Hanmer Springs New Zealand (map)

About this course

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Our values, personality and sense of purpose all play a role in enabling great leadership. Different leadership styles and practices influence team success. With this course you’ll have the opportunity to examine your leadership tendencies and explore your strengths and development opportunities.

Positivity and the importance of emotional intelligence will be explored as key practices for effective leadership as well as the importance of personal resilience. You’ll be introduced to successful methods for sharing your vision, enabling others to act, and creating your desired work culture.

This 3-day residential programme will help you model effective leadership and create an environment where you and your team function at their best. It’s been developed specifically for a health context allowing you to explore leadership with others familiar with your situation.

This course is most suited to experienced clinical and non-clinical leaders and managers interested in extending their leadership capabilities.

What you will be learning

Through this course you will:

  • Attend 3-day residential programme based in Hanmer Springs. This allows you to immerse yourself alongside other professionals in three days of intense hands-on learning.

  • 5 ‘action learning group’ sessions which support you to apply the learning – these are spread out over the following 6 months.

  • Pre-course reading gets you started and enables you to fully engage on the first day ensuring interactive and focussed sessions.

  • A personality profiling exercise and 360 degree feedback provides you with your own personalised data to work with during the course sessions.

  • Personal development plan to assist you in achieving your leadership goals and writing a reflective journal to capture your progress and obstacles in achieving your goals.

  • Identify key elements of leadership and compare them to your own leadership style

  • Understand important personal characteristics that determine leadership effectiveness

  • Recognise how you exercise leadership and be able to enhance your leadership performance via greater self-awareness and clarity of expectations

  • Implement a leadership development plan to focus and improve leadership practice

  • This course can count towards your clinical professional development requirements.

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Course Feedback

“Very inspiring – I came away with a clearer vision of my goals, a deeper understanding of self and re-energised. I recognised that this course is just a catalyst for change, the real test is to make it to happen.”

“Huge!! It was an absolutely fantastic week. A massive eye opening to an area which previously was shrouded in mystery. The breaking down into “bitesize chunks” has made it seem achievable.”

“Excellent course, as the leaders said, a smorgasbord. Lots of personal as well as professional challenges issued.”

“The course has a big impact as I developed an understanding of issues that hinder my leadership and how to improve these. Research based was great. I will be gradually implementing plans developed from the course so it has given me a framework to work from, where I have to consider multiple factors before making proposals.”

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Facilitators and details:

  • Kris Cooper and Tom Matthews – University of Otago

  • Cost - Approx. $3900 + GST [includes meals and accommodation] Transport not included

  • Open to: All Canterbury and West Coast DHB staff or anyone working in the wider Canterbury or West Coast health system

Cancellation Policy

  • Learning and Development require two weeks’ notice prior to course date.

  • Courses are usually full and have a waitlist. By giving us plenty of notice allows someone else to benefit from this development opportunity.

  • It is our policy to inform your manager/professional lead if you do not attend on the day.

For more information, please contact:

The Talent Leadership and Capbility Team on

Phone: 021 485 597

Email: learninganddevelopment@cdhb.health.nz

How to Enrol

  • Please also follow your usual departmental procedures for attending a course.

  • If you don’t already have a healthLearn account, you can register for one here.

Earlier Event: 18 September
Presenting & Facilitating (Part 1)
Later Event: 2 October
Interpersonal Skills for Leaders