Chris is the director and senior consultant with Leadership Lab where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning.

Chris is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership and Masters of Business Management (MBA).  He is also involved in executive coaching and regularly facilitates workshops and presentations at conferences and with a range of organisations around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and Asia.

Chris is particularly passionate about the wellbeing of Māori and Pasifika young people and their whanau/communities. 

Hieke-Nelson Principals Association-

Senior Leadership Development Programme

Chris Jansen of The Leadership Lab

NB - This is a series of leadership development days organised solely for the schools in the Nelson region, organised by the Hieke-Nelson Principals Association.  

Category:  Developing leadership capability in middle leaders, and AP, DP roles


There will be two days initially in 2020, and looking ahead to more development through 2021/2022.

2020 dates:

7th August, 9-3pm

19th October, 9-3pm

Venue: Nayland Primary School (catering provided)


FULL - Bookings closed


  • Increased connections with and learning from leadership peers across other schools

  • Exposure to a range of practical leadership frameworks

    • Leading self, strengths and over strengths, values alignment, wellbeing planning etc

    • Leading others – building relational culture, courageous conversations, leading learning by coaching colleagues, adult development and leadership

    • Leading change – blending networks and hierarchies, change road map, strategic visioning processes, designing successful change processes

  • Develop structured leadership inquiry process and action learning peer feedback process


Hui #1 Friday August 7th 9am-3pm


  • Session 1: Overview and Leading self

  • Session 2: Leading change: strategic thinking through polarity mapping

  • Session 3: Leading others: Building relationship culture, courageous conversations 

  • Session 4: Leading others: developing a leadership inquiry, action learning groups  


Hui #2 Monday October 19th 9am-3pm


  • Session 1: Leading learning: Paulo Freire – education for change, developing teacher pedagogy, coaching

  • Session 2: Leading change: change processes, wave of culture change

  • Session 3: Leading others: Linking culture, engagement and ownership

  • Session 4: Leading self: Individual Leadership development plan