New PhD Leadership Development Programme launches this month

20 April 2018

Four doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Science have been accepted into a new leadership development programme with The New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI).

Congratulations to Emily Cross (Psychology), Ankita Gangotra (Physics), Breanna Powers (Environment), and Leena Riekkola (Biological Sciences), who will engage in 5 full-day workshops over a 5 month period as they work collaboratively on a wicked challenge whilst exploring and developing core leadership practices.

NZLI has developed a new programme to address this challenge and support doctoral students as they prepare to step outside the academic world and have identified ‘Next Generation’ Leadership as a core focus for 2018 and beyond; this is just one of a number of leadership development initiatives planned for the student community.

Over recent weeks, 20 x applicants from across the Arts, Engineering, Science and Business faculties have received a PhD Leadership Award, enabling their participation in the pilot programme. Selectors were impressed by the thought, reflection and passion evident in the applications for this award, and the quality and diversity of the resulting participant group.

Employers are highlighting more and more the importance of employees who can engage in leadership and collaborative work. In fact, a recent Linkedin survey* of 4000 people rated capability in these areas as the highest priority. This perhaps has particular salience for PhDs as despite the high proportion who aspire to an academic career, they will also need to prepare to meet the challenges of the changing world of work.

*Linkedin Learning 2018 Workplace Learning Report

Additional links: New Zealand Leadership Institute


PhD leadership programme
Breanna (School of Environment), Ankita (Engineering), Leena (Biological Sciences), Emily (Psychology)