EMERGING LEADERS: Leadership Essentials – 2025

Empowering Leaders.
Transforming Communities.


The EMERGING NLP is designed for leaders within the education sector who aspire to accelerate their career through growth in their personal leadership capabilities, as well as add value to their teams and colleagues within their school environment.

The programme is delivered from the end of February to the beginning of November (ensuring minimal disruption), combining vibrant PLG seminars, online learning and networking, and in-depth coaching with an assigned kaiārahi/coach. Participants explore their own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and how they relate to leadership goals and day-to-day realities within their individual school context.

A key component of the course is the highly interactive online forum which allows participants to share their journey with like-minded emerging educational leaders across the country. This process is enhanced through participant-generated korero that unlocks the existing skills and experience within the group. In addition to delivering vibrant professional development, the programme sets out to create powerful, lifelong networks.


Why have an Emerging National Leaders Programme (NLP)?

Growth Culture received feedback following the highly successful National Aspiring Principals Programme and the nationwide Team Leaders Toolbox PLD which uncovered a significant need for an emerging leadership programme that enables high potential education leaders to engage in an intensive, peer-oriented leadership development experience. The Emerging NLP is crafted for current leaders and up and coming leaders to provide career development pathway and grow their leadership capacity.

Whilst mostly emerging leaders consist of teachers in the first five years of their leadership development i.e. Team Leaders, Curriculum Leaders, Senco and Management Unit holders, the course is also open to any high performing teacher wanting to further develop their leadership capacity and fast-track their career progression.

NB: It is recommended that if your next step is Principalship that you apply for the ASPIRING National Leadership Programme.

The Emerging NLP is based upon a framework that focuses on the interpersonal, leadership and professional development of self and how this relates to their role within their school.

In addition to enabling real outcomes for individual leaders, the Emerging NLP is recognised as a unique and innovative programme that contributes in a meaningful way to the realisation of equity in relation to formal educational leadership.

Content Overview

The Emerging National Leaders Programme is designed to develop leadership focused on improving student learning outcomes in schools.

Emerging NLP is facilitated by a team of several experienced kaiārahi who are all current or former senior leaders, including Geraldine Travers, Dave Bell and Emma Kingston.

The programme also includes:

Regional PLG Workshops

Regional PLG Workshops
PLG Term One Auckland (date and venue TBC): Culture and Courageous Conversations
PLG Term Four Christchurch (date and venue TBC): Change management
*PLG 2 is optional but recommended


Interpersonal + Educational

8 modules, delivered as 2-3 korero per term on our personalised forum which provides an on-going NELP professional learning community.

Wellbeing resources are available to access throughout the year.

Mentoring Sessions and Well-being Support

3 x Virtual mentoring sessions from your dedicated Emerging kaiārahi
Optional well-being webinars with our wellness kaiārahi
Connection, peer support and networking with learning partner

Professional Readings

Reading, "Fish!" can be sourced yourself or issued from the library. Options to discuss the reading.


The major elements of the Emerging NLP curriculum are:

  • Interpersonal Leadership

  • Educational Leadership

8 E-modules are delivered as 2-3 korero per term (over Terms 1-3) on our personalised forum which provides an on-going Emerging Leaders professional learning community.

Your key learning areas covered by the modules:

– Identifying your strengths and goals as a leader
– Building a high-performing team
– Leading in a culturally responsive manner
– Communicating effectively and building relational trust
– Leading from the middle
– Leading collaboratively
– Leading with emotional intelligence
– Leading change

Generally, each korero involves a 150 word reflection on a leadership element. Delegates are also encouraged to comment on and provide feedback to team members responses to further deepen the korero and their own thoughts.

Course Costs

Cost: $2,497 per person  

*prices are GST exclusive

NB: Participant’s transportation costs to PLGs are self-funded and are not included in course fees.

Applications are currently open for cohorts starting in February 2025 (ECE, Primary and Secondary).

Payment and Refund Policy: Once your deposit has been received your position on Emerging NLP has been secured. We are unable to refund either the deposit or remove the obligation to make the final payment. This is due to the costs incurred with venue bookings, Kaiarahi employment and the fact that Emerging NLP will sell out meaning we have turned other delegates away. We are able to transfer your registration to another delegate who qualifies within your school before the 31 January 2024



Leadership Programmes Director
021 616 715

Bex Rose

Head of Impact
027 560 9700




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