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.
"Co-directing Be. Leadership has been both a privilege and a pleasure. It has proven that, given the opportunity, access citizens are uniquely placed to use leadership acumen to create endless possibility."
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:
Developing self-awareness and personal leadership skills is a fundamental component of the programme. Participants are provided with the tools to enable:
The programme culminates in a graduation ceremony and has a growing, strong alumni network.
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.