Be. Leadership

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Growing a strong, resilient and sustainable community of leaders who will drive accessibility into the future.


Be. Leadership is a year-long leadership programme. It offers participants a unique opportunity to realise and develop leadership potential, self-awareness and the skills and attributes needed to create meaningful change. Be. Leadership takes participants through a year of exploration of different perspectives, self-discovery and accessibility focused leadership, designed to develop courageous, innovative leaders equipped with the skills to drive accessibility thinking into the future.

The programme nurtures leadership attributes and behaviours. Participants develop new frames of thinking around leadership through engaging in new and challenging conversations with each other and with prominent leaders throughout New Zealand. It is this generosity, authenticity and willingness to engage that creates the environment for deep conversations and critical thinking.

Learn more about the 2020 Be. Leadership Programme

2020 Be. Leader Blog

Celebrating 10 years of Possibility Leadership

Speakers have included:

Dame Tariana Turia (Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru, Tūwharetoa) - former Maori party leader and Minister for Disability Issues

Laura O'Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) - founding director Action Station

Rod Oram - journalist, columnist and broadcaster

Major Campbell Roberts - founding director of the Salvation Army's social policy and parliamentary unit

Sir Kim Workman (Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane) - prison reformer, author, former National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand and Families Commissioner

Vanessa Sorenson - Enterprise Director, Microsoft NZ

"I have been able to use the many practical skills learnt during the Be. Leadership programme to take on multiple leadership roles in my community."


Set over 10 months and comprising 21 days, the programme includes monthly sessions that are a mix of three-day residential (live-in) and two-day sessions, designed to facilitate deep critical thinking, robust inquiry, conversation, relationship building, and to connect participants with established leaders.

Each session focuses on a different aspect of and opportunity for leadership including:

  • what leadership is
  • how community is built and nurtured
  • what a civil society looks like
  • a critique of social structures
  • current and future trends
  • global leadership issues

Developing self-awareness and personal leadership skills is a fundamental component of the programme. Participants are provided with the tools to enable:

  • deeper and wider understanding of leadership and accessibility
  • increased self-awareness and leadership ability
  • meaningful change for themselves and their communities of interest
  • a deeper capacity for inquiry and critical thinking
  • different and improved decision making
  • relationship building
  • connection to a nationwide conversation on leadership, possibility and the future

The programme culminates in a graduation ceremony and has a growing, strong alumni network.

Learn more about our Be. Leadership programme participants

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Be. Leadership is designed for people who are committed to developing their leadership capacity, passionate about accessibility and driven to make a positive impact in the world.

The programme challenges participants to be intentional about how they create possibility through their leadership by holding themselves accountable for creating positive change in their own environment - be it in their work, the community, civic engagement or in education.

Programme participants are geographically scattered, bringing a diversity of experience, opinion and thought. We are intentional about growing diversity even further and welcome applications from people who identify with an access need and/or who are committed to advance a fully accessible world.

Learn more about the 2020 Be. Leadership Programme

2020 Be. Leader Blog


+64 9 309 8966
Centre of Possibility

Room WB239
WB Building
(The Seddon Building)
63 Wellesley St East
Auckland City

PO Box 78 021
Grey Lynn 1245
New Zealand