Executive Principals – 2025

Empowering Leaders.
Transforming Communities.


The Executive Leadership Programme is designed for current principals who want to continue their growth as a school leader, and who: aspire to create a lasting legacy, are passionate about rising strong, are centred on enriching their leadership team’s capacity and also for executive principals who want to be part of shaping the future of education.

We are finding that the cookie-cutter approach [OSFA] to professional development is failing. Less and less is it able to meet the diverse professional learning needs of executive principals and their context-sensitive, idiosyncratic needs and challenges. Thus, we have pioneered an adaptive and individualised approach aptly named: Personalised Leadership Pathways (PLP) for each delegate using a combined development platform which focuses on the interpersonal, leadership and professional dynamics associated with an executive principal position.

The programme is delivered over a one-year period (ensuring minimal disruption), it combines two vibrant PLG coaching retreats, online learning and networking, and face-to-face contact with an experienced and highly esteemed kaiārahi/coach. Principals explore their own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and how they relate to their own leadership goals and day-to-day realities within their individual school context, as well as across the profession.

A key component of the course is the highly interactive three-day PLGs which allow participants to share their journey with like-minded principals from across the country. This process is enhanced through participant-generated korero, and peer-to-peer tuakana, 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 that will invigorate and inspire delegates to soar behind their own expectations and create a lasting legacy both in and beyond their current leadership context.


Why have an Executive Leaders Programme?​

Executive NLP is a completely unique PLD opportunity. It combines the best elements of a sabbatical with the benefit of having a personalised professional growth programme aligned to your contextual challenges. If you are passionate about creating a lasting legacy, serving the community and rising strong, alongside like-minded executive principals – this is for you.

Participants work with experts in school leadership to master effective strategies for building successful schools, e.g. student achievement, assessment, cultural transformation and building projects.

The Executive 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 and across the sector. In addition to enabling real outcomes for individual leaders, the Executive 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 Executive NLP is designed to develop leadership focused on improving leadership capacity, cultural competency and student learning outcomes in schools. Executive NLP is facilitated by a team of several experienced kaiārahi who are all current or former principals, spearheaded by Roger Moses, Grant Lander and Marshall Diggs.

​The programme also includes:

2x PLG Retreats

May, Tauranga: Leading Excellence
August, Queenstown: Leading Culture

1x In-School Research Project, 2x Discussion Papers

Compelling Leadership
Leading Self: Time to Lead

This program includes a unique opportunity to study with experienced colleagues from across the Aotearoa, building lasting connections with other executive principals who share similar challenges and support each other during and beyond the program experience.

Reciprocal Learning

Delegates are connected with and have opportunities to network and rub brains with like-minded colleagues in a peer-to-peer tuakana relationship. These networks are organic yet specifically aligned to support the individual needs, challenges, contexts and next steps of each delegate.

Mentoring Sessions

Access to face to face mentoring sessions from your dedicated Executive NLP kaiārahi

Access to virtual mentoring sessions from one of the Executive NLP kaiārahi

Access to face to face coaching session from Roger Moses

Access to face to face and virtual sessions with one of the Executive NLP well-being kaiārahi

Optional well-being webinars

Professional Readings

Readings are provided by Growth Culture at the first retreat. In addition one book specifically relating to your school's goals/targets is also required.


The major elements of the Executive NLP curriculum are:​

  • Creating Legacy

  • Building an Emotional Intelligent Leaders

  • Leading Culture Transformation

  • Leading a High-Performance Team

  • Learning to Soar

E-modules are delivered as two korero throughout the year, on our specifically designed members-only Executive NLP Forum. 

Generally, each of the three korero involves a 1500 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 Cost

$6597.00 per person *prices are exclusive of GST

​​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 2024 (Primary, Intermediate and Secondary).

Payment and Refund Policy: Once your deposit has been received your position on Executive 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 Executive 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 onto one of our other leadership programmes, before the 31 January 2024.


GRANT LANDER | Executive NLP Coordinator and Kaiārahi

027 385 2140

EMMA KINGSTON | Leadership Programmes Director

021 616 715

MARSHALL DIGGS | Principal/Director


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