"We commissioned a fusion of [Elevate] trainings to run in-house for 43 Managers. The feedback has been exceptional and the results immediate"

Christian Carter  | PMO Manager, Transpower




Foster cohesion, enable collaboration and create new possibilities through how you lead.


Leverage your strengths, and drivers to develop your confidence and capability as a leader.


Lead with resilience and agility. Adapt, adopt and aspire under pressure.


Lead with vision and intent, and clear the pathway to succeed.

The difference between average and outstanding leadership comes down to who you are and how you operate …

LEADERSHIP INTELLIGENCE is a brain-based training that develops the internal ‘operating system’ of outstanding leadership – mindset, drivers, strengths and behaviours – by introducing practical skills, tools and strategies to grow the confidence and capability needed to meet change and challenge, lead people and create new possibilities.

153 people have completed this training, with the vast majority moving on to complete other trainings within the portfolio.


18% of participants recommend this training to others, with the other 82% strongly recommending it.


9-12 November 2021, Wellington – Registration Open

This training is limited to twelve places only to maximise the quality of training experience for all participants.

You can also explore running this training within your organisation exclusively for your people.

An amazing growth experience that will leave you with all the skills you need to ROCK!

Jay Devlin – Enterprise Architect, Statistics New Zealand


Brain-Based Content. Practical Tools. Real World Ready.


GOAL: Foster cohesion, enable collaboration and create new possibilities with an adaptive style of leadership.

Outstanding Leadership

Forty-years of research defines what separates average from outstanding leadership; learn how to apply this knowledge to everyday leadership.

Operate Above-the-line

Define benchmarks for your own leadership, model best practice to others and inspire people through your actions.

Influence to Enable

From neuroscience, apply five key principles that enables people to operate at their best.

Adaptive Leadership

Learn how and when to adapt your leadership style to effectively navigate a range of different scenarios.

“If you want to develop leadership, develop who you are as a human being” – CEO


GOAL: Power your leadership with intrinsic motivation and leverage your values and strengths to a greater extent.

Values & Drivers

See how your core values drive decision making, relationships and cohesion. Use with greater intent.

Intrinsic Motivation

Know your intrinsic motivators; bolster autonomy, mastery and purpose to increase momentum.

Strengths Focus

From an evidence base, identify your strengths and leverage them to better meet change and challenge.


42% of participants say this is one of the best trainings they've ever done. The other 58% rate it as THE BEST training they've ever done.


GOAL: Have the skills and strategies to manage stress load, recover and bounce back when the pressure is on.

Manage Stress-Load

Apply strategies to stay calm under pressure, think clearly to access a fuller range of options.

Train Resilience

Develop a personal practice that strengthens your parasympathetic nervous system, for quicker recovery from stress-load.


Increase Bounce-Back

Gear your mind to bounce-back from set-backs, and be a circuit breaker on bigger issues.

Avoid Caged Thinking

Recognise caged thinking and brain-bias, remove mental limitations and nurture a growth mind-set.

Instant Pre-Play

From sports psychology, use the instant pre-play strategy to create positive expectation.


Goal: Develop a pathway that applies the best of who you are and lead with vision and intent.

S.K.E. Map

Kick off a plan that adds to your portfolio of skills, knowledge and experience. 

Visionary Leadership

Discover intentional leadership and create a vision for the impact you want to have as a leader.

Goal Setting

Create specific goals for your leadership and apply nine key principles to ensure you get there.


Clear noise and drama, set yourself up to succeed, act on priorities, use time to maximum effect. 

Leave this training with greater command over your internal operating system to lead with confidence and consistently achieve your goals.

“One of the BEST trainings I’ve ever done”

How previous participants rate the Leadership Intelligence training.



“I would recommend this training to others”
18% Agree. 82% “Strongly Recommend”



“The training has been valuable & engaging”
21% Agree.
79% “Strongly Agree”



“I’m ready to apply the practical tools & skills”
18% Agree.
82% “Ready & Excited”



“One of the best trainings I’ve ever been on”
42% Agree.
58% “The BEST ever!”


What people who’ve done this training say.

Recognising the leadership role that today’s Project Managers have, we commissioned a fusion of David's trainings to run in-house for 43 Managers. The feedback has been exceptional and the results immediate.

Christian Carter

Transpower, PMO Manager

David has worked very closely with my team and individuals, including myself. He has provided us with the tools, mindset and drive to succeed, both as individuals and as a team. He is well respected and trusted across the team, delivering outstanding results time after time!!

Chanelle Becker

QA Manager, Statistics New Zealand

Blow your sox off – Another great course and positive experience again… Lots of practical, useable, understandable tools that you can take away and use. Excellent content and delivery. Empowering, excellent tools, grow your leadership skills in a practical and energetic way. Thanks Sav – another great course and positive experience again.

Prescott Jones

Statistics New Zealand, IT Manager


We understand how the brain learns and so we structure our trainings to ensure quality. This means the approach taken is more comprehensive and designed for life-long learning as opposed to 'tick-box-leadership-training'.

No Half Haircuts

Squeezing our bigger trainings into half-the-time, is a little like giving someone half a haircut. We just wouldn't do it! The brain is complex, sustainable results require a comprehensive approach that understands how the brain wires new information.

No Broad Brush

Broad brush leadership trainings attempt to cover too many themes and lack depth, meaning the application gets lost. Our trainings focus on specific leadership themes, so we can deep-dive into skills, methodology and robust application.

No One Gets Lost

Our open trainings have a maximum of twelve people on them, so no one gets 'lost in the crowd' and everyone gets the space to deepen their learning, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.

INVESTMENT | $2,950+gst.

  • Full Four Day Training
  • Post Training Resources
  • Fully Catered

  • 200+ Page Workbook
  • Management Feedback Loop
  • Skills-Check List

  • Embedding Strategies
  • Completion Certificate
  • Take-away Tool Templates

DISCOUNTS: 5% Early-bird discount when registered and paid two months in advance, 10% multiple person discount for three of or more people attending the same training from the same business, 20% discount when commissioning the course internally for a group of ten to twelve participants. Ask for more details.


Is this training the right one for me?

This is one of a few trainings I run, so do look at the others to make sure you select the right one for you. For Leadership Intelligence, do this training if you want to develop your own internal capability as a leader. Put differently, do this training if you want to develop greater confidence and determination, increase mental strength and stretch your own personal leadership.

What's the value for my employer?

Previous participants advocate this training based on both personal value and workplace value. In a nutshell, the greater your capability as a leader, the greater value you can add back at work. Specifically, participants report greater confidence through times of change, more resilience when things get hard and an improved ability to develop soltuons both independantly and collaboratively.

Will I find this training a challenge?
In short, if you’re not challenged by this training, I’m not doing my job. However, challenged to ‘stretch’ not ‘stress’. The goal is for you to leave this training excited by what you can achieve, which will potentially be more that you thought!

Why four days?
Four days is a chunk of time to be out of the workplace, but as with all my courses, I provide a quality experience not a tick box exercise. Leadership training works with the brain’s hardwiring and your hardwiring has be forming since birth (actually just before), and so if you want to achieve real development that’s sustainable, you need focused training that understands how the brain wires and rewires. A shorter training may tick the box, but I’d seriously question the quality.

How is the training structured?
Great question! Let me answer that using key principles that make up the structure…

1: Science base – You’ll hear the science behind each part of the content, not so much to feel lectured and academically drowned, but just enough to add to your insights and relate what you hear to your real life experience.

2. Form – As a leadership specialist, my training also includes Neuro Linguistics and brain-based training methodology. Broken down, it means I train according to how the brain learns … each part of the content is presented in terms of why it’s important, what the tool (or model or skill) is, how to apply it and how versitile it is. There’s a method here that makes it simple and accessible for you to have a comprehensive understanding of how a tool works and how to apply it.

3. Practical – Learn by doing. On my trainings you’ll be busy; I aim to minimise the ‘sit and listen’ parts and maximise ‘go do’ parts.

4. Layered training – This means that each part of the training connects to and builds on previous parts.

5. Meta training – In short, I model what I train as I’m training it … maximum sensory congruence!

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Phone 00 64 (0) 211 336 334 or send a message using this form.

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