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This course focuses on leaders as individuals and helps you to learn about a repertoire of leadership styles identified in research to creatively tailor a leadership style for your own contexts, people, and purposes. You will be supported to develop a philosophy for your personal leadership, to determine the kind of leader you want to be and the values that are important to you, and then to cultivate a set of actions and behaviours which help you to realise this leadership in practice.

The course is designed for those currently in leadership positions who are seeking to expand their skill set in leading themselves and others more mindfully and more authentically, and also for aspiring leaders who are looking to build a powerful foundation for their leadership journey. It is designed for leaders seeking a more inspiring way of thinking about their role and the potential impact they can have.

Includes membership of a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Each course in our Leadership series offers the opportunity to join a Leaders’ Professional Learning Community (PLC). The PLCs are designed to deepen your learning and enhance your experience of the course by providing opportunities to engage with and learn alongside other leaders in a small-group setting. They involve four online meetings with the other members of the PLC and four text-based discussions for sharing ideas. Each week a different person in the PLC will take the lead in facilitating the group, with guidance provided for this.

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Over 25 interviews, including

  • Salā Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota, Massey University
  • Professor Carmen Dalli, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Hana O’Regan (Ngāi Tahu) Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive Officer Tātai Aho Rau
  • Bruce Cotterill, Business leader
  • Dr Rachel Denee, Director and Pedagogical Leader Daisies Early Education and Care Centre
  • Associate Professor Sue Cherrington, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Emeritus Viviane Robinson, University of Auckland
  • Lorraine Manuela, Learning Centre Director Tots Corner


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What you’ll learn on this course

The course is structured into eight parts, with each part designed to take about a week to work through, although participants are free to work at their own pace.

PART 1  

The complexity of leadership – introduces the range of leadership styles described in the leadership literature and the impact these have on others. Participants engage in creative activities to help them to reflect on their own practice.

PART 2  

Values – supports participants to identify and deepen the values that inform their vision for leadership and explores what visionary leadership is and how incorporating visionary leadership skills may enrich their leadership practice.

PART 3  

Processes – offers some theoretical and philosophical approaches to provoke thinking and reflection about the way in which participants see themselves, their team, and their setting coming together to create their particular early childhood practices. It also explores democratic leadership, including aspects of a kaupapa Māori perspective, and how these can empower teams to contribute in a range of ways.

PART 4  

People – focuses on leadership styles that put people at the centre of leadership practice, including affiliative leadership and servant leadership, and conceptualising leadership as a relational practice.

PART 5  

Culture – examines leadership through kaupapa Māori and Pasifika lenses, offering an opportunity for participants to broaden their perspectives and provoke their thinking.

PART 6  

Being authentic – synthesises all the learning about leadership during the first half of the course and supports participants to put this together to form a coherent leadership style, which is firmly anchored in their personal values of leadership.

PART 7  

Ethics – deals with ethical leadership, which is increasingly important in the context of
diverse communities and the complex interrelationships between aspects of practice in early
childhood education and their associated outcomes for children, teachers, and families.

PART 8  

Supporting yourself as leader – explores the importance of professional development and maintaining wellbeing as a leader, and supports participants to develop practices that ensure their ongoing development, wellbeing, and satisfaction.

Time commitment

Allow 8-10 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Collaborative PLC

Learn from and with other course participants in weekly small-group sessions

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities


Leadership 1: Leading Authentically

Enrolment instructions

1. Select your enrolment requirements below carefully, especially if you are enrolling a group. 
2. You can choose to pay via invoice or by credit card.
3. Once enrolled, you’ll find the course on your Account page. You will also receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Group enrolments

Enrolling as a group offers you great savings, and enables teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in, linked to their email address, and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.


  • 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
  • 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
  • 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
  • 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
  • Please note: Prices are subject to 15% GST (local sales tax). Discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

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  • Lifetime access
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Prices shown are per person, and are subject to GST (local sales tax) of 15%. * Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub

Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 
* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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