Customised Leadership Programmes

Unleashing leadership potential at every level and creating a leadership culture.

Leaders Who Can and Cultures That Enable

Imagine releasing a freshwater fish into an oxygen and nutrient deprived pond. It will be lucky to survive, but it certainly won’t thrive. Too often, organisations invest in leadership development but fail to create an environment that enables leaders to put their new found skills into action. Leaders who Can and Cultures that Enable means we design leadership development programmes that address both the “fish” and the “water”.

Leaders who Can is about equipping people with the skills and confidence to lead. Cultures that Enable is about ensuring your organisation’s environment supports leaders to put their skills into action.  When these two elements come together a wonderful transformation happens – a leadership culture is created. People are quick to adapt, they innovate and collaborate, they take ownership and accountability, and they support and challenge each other to perform to the best of their ability. Who wouldn’t want that?

Tailored Programmes For Every Leadership Level

Our customised in-house leadership programmes are designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities that leaders face as they progress through different stages of their careers. We customise programmes at four levels of leadership:

1. Individual Contributors: Ignite

Individual contributors play a vital role in the success of any organisation, executing day-to-day tasks and delivering results. Our Aspiring Leaders programmes are specifically designed to support the development of individual contributors.

  • Develop a broader perspective and understanding of the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Master the skills required to influence and collaborate with others across the organisation
  • Build self-awareness, confidence and credibility to take on greater leadership responsibilities
  • Access expert coaching and personalised development plans to support ongoing growth and development

2. Team Leadership: Amplify

As leaders transition from being individual contributors to leading teams, they need to shift their focus from delivering results to empowering and guiding others to achieve collective goals. Our Team Leader programmes are designed to equip leaders with the skills and perspectives they need to inspire and lead high-performing teams.

  • Master the art of coaching, empowering, and delegating to team members
  • Develop a deeper understanding of team dynamics and how to manage team performance
  • Learn to motivate and inspire team members to achieve collective goals
  • Understand how to foster a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement

3. Leader of Leaders: Elevate

Leading other leaders presents a new set of challenges, requiring a broader perspective and strategic thinking. Our Leader of Leader programmes are tailored to address these challenges and help leaders effectively lead other leaders.

  • Develop a strategic perspective and the ability to align team goals with organisational objectives
  • Master the skills required to develop and empower leaders within their teams
  • Learn to foster collaboration and communication across teams
  • Understand how to drive systemic change and innovation within the organisation

4. Senior System Leader: Transform

At the highest level of leadership, the focus shifts from managing teams to transforming and shaping entire systems. Our Senior System Leader programmes are designed to equip system leaders with the skills and perspectives they need to drive success at a system-level.

  • Develop a system-level perspective and understand how to drive systemic change and innovation
  • Master the ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders across and outside the organisation
  • Learn how to diagnose and solve complex challenges
  • Learn to foster a culture of continuous improvement and learning
  • Understand how to develop and execute a strategic vision for the organisation

Our Five-Stage Approach

Customised Leadership Programme: Stage 1

We form a joint project team and learn about your unique context and needs including:

  • Your organisation’s purpose, vision, values, and strategy
  • The current and desired leadership culture
  • The leadership capabilities needed at different leadership levels
Customised Leadership Programme: Stage 2

We like to use co-design approaches where client capacity allows.

We draw on qualifications in evidence-based approaches when designing leadership programmes, including:

  • Adaptive leadership
  • Futures thinking
  • Neuroscience
  • Positive psychology
  • Systems leadership

We are expert at designing for online or in person environments.

Customised Leadership Programme: Stage 3

Together we prepare:

  • Learners for an accelerated learning experience. This often involves Catapult LeaderScope 360 feedback and debrief by a Catapult Coach to craft leadership development goals.
  • The environment around learners by, for example, engaging senior leaders and managers to support learners and the programme.
Customised Leadership Programme: Stage 4

Catapult facilitators have extensive experience leading teams and organisations. Their stories bring content to life.

We employe a range of elements that support transfer of learning and application, including:

  • LeaderLabs: small groups of learners who meet throughout the programme using carefully crafted session agendas.
  • Catapult Coaching.
Customised Leadership Programme: Stage 5
Evaluate Impact

Catapult is qualified in ROI and Kirkpatrick evaluation.

Working together, we identify success measures and evaluation methods.

Examples of Custom-Designed Programmes

Aspiring Leaders Programme


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) had identified high potential future leaders. MFAT wanted to invest in these peoples’ leadership development before they moved into management roles.


Catapult created a residential leadership programme called Aspiring Leaders. The programme included the following key components:

  • Nomination by manager
  • 360-degree feedback assessment and coaching debrief
  • Residential programme (3.5 days)
  • Follow up group coaching


The programme led to the following results:

  • Increase in leadership talent pipeline
  • Accelerated development of future leaders
  • Career progression of participants
  • 100% would recommend the programme to others

‘It provided me with frameworks, processes and techniques to feel more comfortable and confident in leadership situations. The network across the Ministry that you’re able to build through the programme is really valuable as well.’

‘It’s a great mix of practical tools, engagement with peers, and in depth exploration of how to implement learning.’

Leader of Leaders Programme


PGG Wrightson (PGGW) had historically promoted people to management roles because of their technical expertise. Engagement survey results showed a need to lift leadership capability. PGGW also wanted to build their employment brand and attract and retain talent.


Catapult created Growing Leaders which focuses on growing leadership capability, achieving business goals, and making PGG Wrightson a great place to work. The programme has the following key elements:

  • Nomination by manager
  • 360-degree feedback and coaching debrief
  • 3 x 2-day workshops on leading self, leading teams, and leading the organisation
  • Peer group work between workshop sessions


Over 300 leaders have completed the programme. The programme has resulted in:

  • Improved EMITDA
  • Improved employee engagement results
  • Increase in internal hires
  • Decrease in voluntary redundancies
  • Evidence of company values being embedded
  • Strengthened employment brand
  • Greater alignment and collaboration across business units and geographic regions

‘Senior leaders at PGG Wrightson believe we chose an excellent leadership development provider in Catapult. We work in close partnership with them based on trust and innovation to improve best practice across our organisation.’ – People and Capability Manager

Strategic Leadership Programme


Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) brought together 40 fire services into one organisation. They recognised a need to invest in strategic and senior leadership development. A competitive RFP process resulted in Catapult being chosen because of our credibility to develop both leadership and leadership cultures.


Catapult engaged in an extensive discovery process, involving reading background documents, conducting structured interviews, and convening a co-design group. The resulting Strategic Leadership Programme put the specific strategic context of FENZ at the heart of the programme and involved leaders identifying and working on real strategic challenges, while learning and applying new leadership tools and approaches.


Results of the strategic leadership programmes include:

  • Strategic leaders seeing a big lift in leaders’ effectiveness
  • Lifts in team effectiveness
  • Retention during massive organisational change
  • Career advancement
  • 100% would recommend the programme to their peers.

‘I consider the Strategic leadership programme for Fire and Emergency NZ developed and delivered with Catapult as world class and one of the best I have attended. The programme delivered practical tools leaders could immediately add to their approach. Insightful facilitation ensured the group was constantly challenged in their thinking to grow their mindset and approach. I have seen a big lift in many of our leaders following this programme and know it is referenced often. It was a pleasure working and learning with the Catapult team.’ – Kerry Gregory, Chief Executive 

Other clients we have custom-designed leadership programmes for:

Private Sector


Computer Associates


House of Travel

Mercury Energy

Meridian Energy

PGG Wrightson

Port Taranaki


Raukawa Settlement Trust


Silver Fern Farms

Sustainable Business Council

The Salvation Army

Toyota NZ

Tuatahi First Fibre

Waikato Tainui

Public Sector

Accident Compensation Corporation

Auckland University of Technology

Christchurch Polytechnic


Commerce Commission

Environment Southland

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Healthy Families NZ

Ministry for the Environment

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ministry of Health

National Library

Otago Polytechnic


State Services Commission

Toitū Envirocare

Trade New Zealand

Customised for your Organisation

Talk to us about how we can develop a tailored made leadership programme for your organisation.

Catapult Leadership – In-house Option.

With over 1,500 graduates, running Catapult’s highly respected public leadership programme, Catapult Leadership in-house may be an option for you. With ready-to-go and proven content Catapult Leadership has been chosen by organisations such as the Law Society,  the Insitute of Directors, and Proactive for Health as their in-house leadership programme solution. Delivery can be customised to suit your needs and context. Learn more: Catapult Leadership In-house.

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