Student leadership

Develop your leadership capabilities through L.E.D Talks or the 360° Leadership Programme.

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Persuasion, negotiation and influence without authority

L.E.D Talks focus on sparking conversations around leadership, education and development. Rather than a lecture series, the talks are designed to be interactive and engaging, encouraging attendees to reflect, explore and perhaps even challenge the speaker’s ideas through facilitated discussion.

Student Engagement Manager, Marie-Jo Wilson, says the exciting initiative gives students from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to explore their own leadership capabilities.

“The talks will appeal to students who want to engage with current thinking about leadership and expand their own personal leadership behaviours.”

Carefully selected University of Auckland alumni will share their own philosophies, challenges, successes and experiences with attendees.

“Our speakers are a diverse range of alumni, who are current leaders, and will each address a relevant theme,” says Marie-Jo.

The second and final talk for 2015 is themed ‘Persuasion, negotiation and influence without authority’, with speakers Nicola Legat (publisher and editor) and Shay Wright (Māori Development for Icehouse).

L.E.D Talks are open to all current University of Auckland students. Registration is essential - click the button below to register.


About the speakers

Nicola Legat

Nicola Legat

Nicola graduated from the University of Auckland an MA (Hons, First Class) in 1977. For many years she worked as a magazine feature writer, for both Metro and North & South magazines. She was editor of Metro from 2000 to 2005 and then became Publishing Director of Random House New Zealand.

Nicola is now the Publisher at Massey University Press. She is the chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and the deputy chair of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Shay Wright

Shay Wright

Shay grew up in the rural Far North before making the trip to Auckland to study Commerce and Law at the University of Auckland. His passion for entrepreneurship, education, Māori development and community economics led him to take a role with The Icehouse, an internationally recognised business growth hub, and then lead the Māori strategy at just 21 years old.  

In 2015, Shay co-founded Te Whare Hukahuka, a fast growing social enterprise that has trained hundreds of indigenous Māori leaders and makes indigenous community organisations more effective. He has been on Government advisory boards and has helped shape the strategies of dozens of social organisations. Shay is also one of the founding board members of Teach First NZ, which recruits and develops talented individuals into highly effective teachers to tackle educational inequality in underprivileged communities. 

Shay will share insights and shortcuts into making a difference at a young age and leading without authority. 

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Wednesday 7 October Persuasion, negotiation and influence without authority Nicola Legat
Shay Wright
6.30-8.30pm $14
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L.E.D Talks pilot - Emotional intelligence and the leader

The inaugural event saw Lewis Road Creamery founder and former chief operating officer of Saatchi & Saatchi worldwide, Peter Cullinane, addressing the theme ‘Emotional Intelligence and the Leader’.

360° Leadership Programme

The 360° Leadership Programme is a six-month development programme designed for current students primarily in their first or second year of study at the University of Auckland.

The programme is for students who want to grow their leadership capabilities and apply what they learn in a real world context.

The Inside Word

The Inside Word blogger, Paige, attended the first 360° Leadership Programme workshop recently. Find out more about her personal experience and what you can expect from the programme by checking out her blog entry.

Graduates of the 360 Leadership programme.

Workshops and structure of the 360° Leadership Programme

The programme is designed to challenge. Rather than be given a ‘how to’ guide on leadership, this programme will introduce new leadership ideas and enable you to experiment with new ways of behaving.

Over the course of the six month programme, you’ll complete five workshops. At these workshops you’ll be introduced to fresh ideas on the challenges of leadership and take part in a number of experiential activities which will encourage active discussion.

In between workshops there is some project-based work as an opportunity to test out and practice new concepts.

The 360° Leadership Programme is delivered by facilitators from the New Zealand Leadership Institute, who run a range of leadership courses, drawing on the experiences of leaders from within the University and across the public and private sectors.



Who is eligible for the 360° Leadership Programme?

The programme is open to primarily first and second year undergraduate students, both domestic and international. Other current undergraduate students may apply. We want applicants who are actively involved in extra-curricular activities (either in clubs, societies and associations on campus), or who volunteer their time at the University or in the community. It is in these activities that you’ll be testing out your leadership skills, during and after the programme.

As an applicant, you need to address the following criteria which will be considered by the selection panel:

  1. Leadership context — you should be able to tell us your leadership context (the place that you are able to actively use and apply your learning during the programme), and articulate your ongoing commitment to it.
  2. Readiness and openness to learning and growing — you must demonstrate that you are open to challenge, willing to be honest and open, willing to actively bring your challenges and stories into the programme and motivated to test new ideas and share those experiments.
  3. Desire to make an impact — you should be able to articulate some ideas around your aspirations, the change you wish to see, and the way you see leadership helping you to make this impact.
  4. Self-management — you should be able to balance your current studies and any other commitments with this programme. This course requires a significant commitment.

The programme fee is $200. Some scholarships may be available to successful applicants.



What are our leaders up to now?

Check out what graduates of the 360° Leadership Programme are up to now, and how they benefitted from their time on the programme.

Read about it here.


Need help?

For more information about student leadership, please contact:

Student Support Administrator
Campus Life
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88017