NZ Leadership Institute merging with the University of Auckland Business School

09 August 2017
Professor Jayne Godfrey, Dean of the Business School 2017
Dean of the Business School, Professor Jayne Godfrey

Young people, not-for-profits and a greater number of businesses will now have an increased opportunity to explore their leadership - all made possible by a merger between a major leadership think-tank and New Zealand’s leading business school.

The New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI) is merging with the University of Auckland Business School after a close relationship that began 14 years ago. In 2003, the Business School was a founding partner and until now, has housed the charity within its walls.

“The merger formalises and strengthens our existing relationship,” says Business School Dean Professor Jayne Godfrey. “It will allow us to capitalise on synergies by drawing on the great work conducted within both NZLI and the Business School, itself a thought-leader in this field.”

NZLI works at the forefront of leadership research and development. NZLI Director, Vicki Watson says the institute will continue to run its open and customised leadership development offerings, including its flagship Leadership Mindset and Executive Leadership Mindset programmes.

“The merger will, however, enable us to develop new programmes for University students and staff, add to our portfolio of programmes for business as well as enter exciting new sector projects such as those in the not-for-profit, governance, and youth worlds,” she says.

Vicki Watson, director of the NZLI
Vicki Watson, director of the NZLI

“NZLI’s mission is to see New Zealand’s business and communities thriving under effective, courageous leadership. That is reflected directly in what the Business School is wanting too in cultivating enterprising and enlightened leaders.”

The merger is effective from August 14, 2017.



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