The Emerging Leaders Summit is New Zealand’s key event for the next generation of managers, directors and leaders. The program brings together inspirational speakers, the latest industry trends and insights, and hundreds of ambitious, determined professionals looking to get an edge in their career.
You’ll hear from the best in the business on how they achieved their dream roles and all of the lessons they learned along the way. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and reinvigorated, with new contacts and a game plan towards being a leader others inspire to become.
Emerging leaders today are under pressure. You are responsible for your wellbeing, while also ensuring you’re looking after your team and delivering results. While experiencing some stress can be useful at work, helping motivate us to meet deadlines or performance goals, too much can negatively impact our wellbeing, especially when it is ongoing.
While many factors are out of your control, there are many habits you can adopt now to strengthen your resilience to stress and optimise your mental health, wellbeing and personal productivity.
All Black legend & mental health advocate Sir John Kirwan shares his powerful story of reaching the very top of his sport, his mental health journey, and how you can help yourself and those around you by prioritising mental wellbeing. In this not to be missed session, Sir John will share proactive and positive advice for creating a mental health and wellbeing framework and habits that you can grow with you through your leadership journey.
Being a leader can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be challenging and often bewildering! If you sometimes feel a little overwhelmed with the ever-increasing demands of leadership, or if you’re confused about what great leadership looks like (or how to cultivate it), you’re not alone. In this talk, based on research and over 20 years of working in the realm of leadership, bestselling author and executive coach Suzi McAlpine will outline the cornerstones of great leadership. Suzi will provide you with simple, practical tips and tools you can start implementing – right now – to improve your leadership practice.
- How to cultivate self-awareness, a leadership super power
- Why the courage to be vulnerable and being comfortable with discomfort are more important than you might think
- Three practical leadership tools the best leaders use a lot
- How collaborative leadership benefits everyone in your team, starting with you
10:45 – MORNING COFFEE
Successfully moving from an operational role to a leadership role can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. If you get it right, the positive impact will extend to your team and your company well into the future. Doug Paulin will share his experiences and insights from his leadership journey, and how you can transition well by:
- Overcoming challenges associated with moving from a structured role to one where you provide the framework
- Ensuring you’re prepared and understand your team and organisation’s culture, capabilities and structure
- Adapting to becoming impact and outcome-focused and how to communicate this effectively
- Continually investing in your strategic and leadership capabilities
Young New Zealander of the Year, Sam Johnson, famously mobilised an army-for-good of 11,000 students to respond to the New Zealand earthquakes. But how do you keep a good idea going and how do you integrate ideas into everyday behaviours, getting buy-in from your team along the way? Sam’s journey is filled with real, raw and practical approaches to leadership and life.
In this session Sam will show you how to empower and retain your key staff, lead teams across generations, and demonstrate values-driven leadership at every turn. He breaks the challenge down as follows:
- Culture and leadership: building culture by sharing responsibility for risk and giving your team permission to execute
- Strategy and action: Ensuring you have the right combination of skills in your team to create momentum: Vision, Plan, Promote, Do, Review.
- Ensuring the movement you’re creating is designed for maximum impact, with no room for ego
12:45 – LUNCH BREAK
In this keynote, with her trademark wit and humour, Sacha unpacks the principles of authentic leadership in a digital age. Her presentation will help you unlock your leadership potential and accelerate your growth, through take-home tools that can be immediately implemented both personally and professionally.
This presentation shows how important each of us are, irrespective of our roles in the organisation. First and foremost we lead ourselves and our daily interactions with others have ripple effects that create magic moments all around us. Full of stories and case studies of men and women who have quietly made a big difference, this presentation highlights the value of all staff and will leave you challenged to aim higher. Hear from Sasha about:
- The importance of empathy in leadership and why relationships are key
- Looking after yourself is just not an optional extra
- Always be you, first and foremost, not a manager
- How to remain authentic, especially when having difficult or challenging conversations
- Creating a safe space for vulnerability
- Finding out what makes your team unique and how you can harness that to build a stronger team
Passionate indigenous leader Michael Moka knows too well that diversity and inclusion grows a companies capabilities and culture, but this needs to be embraced by the leadership first and foremost. Michael will share his personal story and how to embrace and drive diversity and inclusion as an emerging leader. Successful leaders create a sense of belonging for all team members and an environment where every team member is valued and can thrive by
- Empowering your team to actively contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion
- Bringing your whole self to work
- Supporting your emerging indigenous leaders and lead and support Maori cultures
- How to embrace indigenous values as an emerging leader
15:15 – AFTERNOON TEA
15:45 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
With her bright pink hair, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles is hard to miss – she’s one of the country’s most recognised and respected scientists. Siouxsie has been recognised many times for her outstanding contributions to science and society in New Zealand. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Siouxsie became one of the primary faces, communicators and educators in NZ, helping ease the public’s anxiety through lockdown and beyond. This led to her being named the supreme winner of the Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2020 and most recently New Zealander of the Year 2021.
In her closing keynote address, Dr Siouxsie will show you what it takes to be a master communicator, to communicate your vision, your values and a shared culture of high performance through authenticity and a clear direction to a shared goal.
- How can you lead with integrity and facilitate an inclusive, diverse, engaged, and collaborative culture?
- Defining a common language, vision and values
- Being thoughtful and deliberate in your choices and decision making
- The importance of enabling a diverse and inclusive team to drive innovation
- Ensure you create and communicate a clear vision and direction for your team
- Communicating your vision, mindset, behaviours and a clear direction
- Trusting yourself and the people around you
- The importance of authenticity