Celebrating Leadership in New Zealand

Organisations, businesses and schools around the country take part in range of activities designed to inspire, develop and celebrate great Kiwi leadership. Leadership Week kicks off with the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards on July 1 and Leadership New Zealand’s annual dinner on 2nd July and culminates with national Red Socks Day when New Zealanders are once again encouraged  to ‘wear the socks of leader’ in memory of great Kiwi leader. There are wide range of other events being held in all parts of the country and for the detail on these visit www.sirpeterblaketrust.org/leadership/timetable/2011/.

Leadership New Zealand chair Jo Brosnahan says Leadership Week is wonderful opportunity for leaders in all areas of New Zealand society to reflect on how their leadership is shaping the future of the country. “It is chance for leaders to share their vision with those around them, and to impart knowledge and experience, so that we continue to improve as leaders,” she says.

The Leadership New Zealand Dinner will be held at the Auckland Town Hall and its theme will be “Leadership for our times – building nation on courage, compassion and commitment”. Keynote speakers will be Sam Johnson, the man behind the Student Volunteer Army which moved 65,000 tonnes of liquefaction during the Christchurch earthquakes, and Sir Ray Avery, renowned for helping developing countries gain better access to health care. Tickets to the Leadership NZ dinner can be purchased from www.leadershipnz.co.nz by clicking on Webstore.

Red Socks Day will be held on Friday July 8 to encourage schools, organisations and individuals throughout New Zealand to celebrate Sir Peter Blake’s legacy of leadership in action. Schools participating in Red Socks Day have also been invited to nominate one of their promising young leaders for the new Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.

The July issue of NZ Management will also focus on leadership including an in-depth analysis of the annual Global Leadership Forecast by Sheffield’s international affiliate DDI Group which is being released in Leadership Week.  Its findings suggest “leadership revolution” is needed to fix an increasingly serious global leadership problem. The DDI study shows leaders are not only finding life increasingly difficult, but their organisations are simultaneously failing to school up sufficient next level leaders and managers to take over.


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