With over 1,500 graduates from 350 organisations, Catapult Leadership has an outstanding track record for transforming leadership capability and confidence. 

Overview video of the Catapult Leadership Programme

Increased self-confidence
More inspired about leadership
Practical and immediately applicable
Provided value for money

Is Catapult Leadership right for you?

Hear why people choose Catapult Leadership.

Vicki McKnight, Quality Manager of Aotea Pathology, describes why she rates the materials, and the value of the follow-up coaching.

Tania Hopmans, GM of Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust, describes how Catapult Leadership made an immediate impact to the performance of her team and organisation.

Angus Evison, a Senior Manager at Creative New Zealand, describes why he became an advocate for the programme.

Terry Stack, General Manager of NZ Oil, attended one of the first Catapult Leadership programmes. Years later, he continues to be an advocate.

Ged Taylor, Managing Director of event production company Kiio, describes how Catapult Leadership made a lasting difference to his business and how he leads.

Kolya Eccleston, HR Manager for OMV, explains why OMV sends people on Catapult Leadership.

Programme overview

Catapult Leadership begins on Tuesday evening. Participants get to meet and connect over dinner and drinks and an introductory session means the programme has an accelerated start on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s focus is on leading self: developing leadership self-awareness and honing social and emotional intelligence. Thursday is about strategic leadership and covers how to co-create shared purpose, values and vision, leading people through change, and creating a high-performing team. Friday is about leading others: we explore how to influence others, leading through coaching, and delegation as a way of developing others.

Tuesday evening session (6:30-8:30pm)

This introductory session allows you to meet other participants over dinner and drinks.

Day 1: Leading Self (8:00am-5:30pm then dinner)

What is Leadership?

This session looks at the difference between leadership and management, dispels leadership myths, and identifies how to incorporate more leadership into your everyday actions and interactions. We also explore the contagious nature of leadership – how a leader’s mindset and mood shapes the actions they take and the results they produce.

Your Leadership Backbone

There is no one best type of leader. What’s important is leading in a way that is real and authentic for you. This requires clarity about what you believe in and what you want to achieve in your leadership.  In this session, you will clarify your personal values, identify your leadership purpose, and create an inspiring leadership vision for yourself.  We explore the hidden nature of self-imposed limitations on leadership potential.

Leadership Styles

Leaders need to be adaptable and employ different leadership styles depending on the situation. Using the DISC behavioural styles framework, you will explore the pros and cons of different leadership styles and when they are most appropriate to use. Your comprehensive DISC report will reveal your primary leadership style and its associated strengths and pitfalls.  Equipped with these insights, you will be better able to adapt your style to the situation at hand and the people you are working with.

Day 2: Strategic Leadership (8:00am-5:30pm then dinner)

Creating Shared Purpose and Values

Clarity of purpose, vision and values not only generate greater engagement and productive focus, but they are invaluable leadership decision-making touchstones. Applying  Catapult’s many years experience working with teams and organisations on vision, value and purpose you will learn how to create and make the most of these leadership assets.

Creating Vision and Goals

Leaders are forward-looking – scanning the horizon, setting direction and guiding the thinking about how to reach a new future. We explore how to create a vision and bold goals. Just as importantly, we look at how to align people to the vision and bold goals, how to keep them alive, and how use them to guide strategic decision making.

Leading Change

Change often fails because people feel change is being done to them, rather than with them.  Drawing on Catapult’s extensive change experience working with organisations such as Fire and Emergency NZ and Toyota NZ, participants explore the four phases of change and learn strategies and tactics for leading people successfully through each change phase.

Creating a High-Performing Team

Leaders build high-performance teams. In this session you will discover the key elements that make a high-performing team and, using a diagnostic tool, you will assess how your team is currently performing against each element. You will gain practical tools and strategies for enhancing your team’s performance.

Day 3: Leading Others (8:00am-4:00pm)


Being an effective influencer is a vital leadership skill. You will explore the psychology of influencing and learn three approaches and ten tactics for being an effective influencer in your day-to-day leadership.  You will also be provided with an influencing planning template for influencing a major challenge or project.

Coaching: Growing People

Leaders bring out the best in those around them. Being able to coach people to higher levels of performance is key. We reveal the key skills to successful coaching and provide you with a powerful coaching model. You will practise putting the skills into action.


To free up time to lead and to grow the capability of others, leaders need to be effective delegators. You will learn and apply a simple process for delegating that results in clarity and confidence both for you and for the person you are delegating to.

Leadership Development Plan

In this session you will create a plan for applying learning back at work and for your ongoing leadership development.


We provide the following to support you to apply the programme back at work:

Refresh Coaching

The standard price of the programme includes a follow-up one-on-one coaching session with your programme leader. This session, conducted via Zoom, lasts up to 45 minutes and will assist you to implement Catapult Leadership back at work.

Refresh Emails

You will receive a series of Catapult Refresh emails in the two months following the programme. Each email refreshes a core part of the programme content.

Take your leadership further

We have two great options to extend Catapult Leadership.

Programme Dates 2024

March 19 – 22 (sold out)

June 11 – 14  

September 10 – 13 

November 12 – 15

The standard cost for the programme is $6,050 ex GST and this covers all costs except for travel to and from the Wellington CBD.  Additional coaching sessions and 360 feedback options can be added.

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``What impresses us most is the action orientation people return with. They see opportunities to improve how we work and make them happen.``

Sarah Heal Director, Information Leadership

“It was outstanding. A veritable smorgasbord of inspiration that will make you a better leader.”

Nigel Robson Contact Energy

“A great opportunity to really get to know leadership. Grab this chance to gain insight and skills to be the best leader you can be.”

Paul Horsfall Operations Manager, French Maid Foods

“The leaders were excellent. Relevant material and something for everyone in a leadership role.”

Wendy Bussen Director, IT Services, Auckland University of Technology

“Do it! People were great and the material is invaluable!”

Stephen Bayley Finance Controller, Loyalty NZ

“Extremely valuable.”

Kel Sanderson Managing Director, Business Economic Research Limited (BERL)

“Go do this. You will grow and learn and be an even more valuable member of the team.”

Russell Pierce General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Moana Pacific Fisheries

“The course has reignited my enthusiasm and armed me with practical/theoretical tools. Go for it, you won’t look back.”

Gavin Cavanagh Manager, Global Hydraulics Ltd

“Had a blast! Value for money. Will always refer to and use the tool kit.”

Natasha Tinkler Operations Manager, University of Auckland

“You’ll be a better leader and have your eyes opened. We need more of this!”

Mathew Ellen Process Manager, Ravensdown Fertiliser

“Good fun, informative, professional and the people were great. Wasn’t bored once!”

Billy McQueen Creative Director, FCB Advertising

“ This is the best leadership course you will ever attend bar none.”

Murray Keast New Plymouth District Council

“It's a fabulous course to go on if you really want to find and unleash your potential.”

Julia Porter Manager Monitoring and Reporting, Ministry for the Environment

“A great three days full of invaluable information and tools for anyone wanting insight into themselves and their ability to further their leadership skills. Wish I had done it when I first planned to.”

Dave Evans Amcor Food Cans

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Participating organisations

Below is a sample of the over 325 organisations that have chosen Catapult Leadership.



Ameron NZ Ltd


Colgate Palmolive

Dexion Commercial

Heinz Wattie

Moana Pacific Seafoods

Pacific Helmets

Tritec Manufacturing

TRS Tyres

Windsor Engineering

Global Hydraulics



Allied Farmers

Ravensdown Fertilizer

Concept Rural Solutions

Farmlands Trading Society Limited


Juken Nissho Ltd

Lake Taupo Forest Trust

Land Information NZ

Northpine Ltd

South Taranaki Animal Health Services

Woolyarns NZ


Public Sector

Audit NZ


Creative NZ


Department of Labour


Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry for the Environment

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Social Development

Ministry of Transport


Health & Disability

Disability Resource Centre

Gillies Hospital

Health Care NZ

Hospice New Zealand

Nelson Marlborough DHB

NZ Care Group

Pacific Radiology

Starship Hospital

St John Ambulance

Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authoritry

Te Runanga O Whaingaroa

Wellington Free Ambulance

Retail & Service

Blue Wing Honda

Chubb Systems and Services

Coffee Supreme

Duty Free Services

Eco Maintenance

Firstlight Film Processing

Foodstuffs New Zealand

New World

NZ Driver Licensing Services


Professional Services

Business Economic Research Limited (BERL)

Loyalty NZ

Positively Wellington Business





Draft FCB


Contact Energy


King Country Energy

Meridian Energy



Nova Gas

NZ Oil Service Ltd



Unison Network


Auckland University

Auckland University of Technology

Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology

University of Canterbury

Massey University

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Otago Polytechnic

Outward Bound

Te Wanaga o Aotearoa

Wanganui UCOL

Technology / Telcos


Digiweb New Zealand Limited

Dimension Data



Infinity Solutions



Revera Ltd

SAM Computer Systems

Telstra Clear


Arts & Entertainment

Atamira Dance

BATS Theatre

Dance Pacific

Fortune Theatre

Gecko Press

Indian Ink Theatre

Massive Company

NZ Ballet

NZ Symphony Orchestra

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

Te Papa

Not for Profit

Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand

Freemasons NZ

JR McKenzie Trust

Mary Potter Hospice

NZ Historic Places Trust

Presbyterian Church

Volunteer Services Abroad

Local Government

Central Hawkes Bay District Council

New Plymouth District Council

North Shore City Council

Palmerston North City Council

Waikato District Council

Wellington City Council

Finance & Banking

Allied Farmers

ANZ Bank

Campbell Tyson Cooper White (Accounting)

Credit Union North

First Capital Securities Ltd


Helicopters NZ

Mitsubishi Motors

Port Taranaki

South Star Freightliners

Specialised Container Services

Stephenson Transport


AgResearch Ltd

Cawthron Institute


GNZ Science

Ministry Science and Innovation


Programme Dates 2024

March 19 – 22 (sold out)

June 11 – 14  

September 10 – 13 

November 12 – 15

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