The Contemporary Leader Introductory Course

Featuring Play CoLab’s core course work

This foundational leadership development programme features relevant and impactful techniques that activate leadership in real-time. Curated specifically to be accessible for those in their 20s-early 30s, this programme draws its core content from our Leadership@Play programme including the understanding of the ego, the Leadership Circle 360 Profile, and the communication competencies of coaching and presenting.

Might this be you?

You are in your 20s-early 30s and are in an established role where progression is important to you. While you might enjoy your current role you are unsure where you may eventually want to end up, i.e, you have started some sort of career but want to make a contribution in a more impactful or simply a different way.

This is likely your first foray into professional development or any professional development you have experienced, has been limited to your industry or networking events and seminars. 

You also may be stuck due to self-doubt, fear, repeated patterns tripping you up, feedback that has left you flummoxed or simply need guidance on where to go next.

You could do with some sort of ‘toolkit’ for immediate use to enhance how you play with others and perform in the workplace.

Desired Outcome

A more expansive leadership mindset and readiness to play in a far bigger way, and a new extended collegial network that’s with you all the way. Simply put, we aim to build a strong foundation not just from which to lead but from which to live, work and play.

“Words can’t describe how overwhelmingly significant this course was for me as a leader and as a person.” – Holly, Marketing Manager, Media & Entertainment Sector


The Contemporary Leader Introductory Course is facilitated by our team of experienced coaches and facilitators: Sandy Burgham, Jenny Devine and Jenna Wee.

Meet the team here.

Course Guide

Session 1 & 2: The Inner Game (9am-5pm, 2 day module)
Facilitators: Jenny Devine & Jenna Wee 

The course begins as the group experiences a facilitated introduction to one another and the Play CoLab team. We explore contemporary leadership and where you sit within it.

We nail the real habits of being that are keeping you both safe and stuck and explore such questions as: How come certain people and situations trigger you? How do you get a handle on this? During Day 1 we explore the concept of ego in relation to self, who you really are. This is not about what you are doing as a manager or leader but who you are being.

All participants will undergo a 360 evaluation using The Leadership Circle Profile to understand their leadership strengths and further clarify key de-railers. We use the Leadership Circle Profile 360 extensively, because it is the only 360 that is set in a context of adult development.

This workshop unpacks the Leadership Circle so you fully understand which habitual ways of being will potentially propel you forward and which will hold you back.

> 2 week break
Following day: Individual 45 min 1:1 Leadership Circle 360 debrief with Sandy Burgham
Session 3: The Outer Game (9am-5pm)
Facilitators:  Jenna Wee & Sandy Burgham 

So how attentive are you regarding the world in which you live, work and play? Human beings are social beings who are in a constant state of communication with others. But communication is a learnt skill and to really have lasting impact with less effort we must learn to a) ask the questions that count b) listen to more than what is being said and c) hold a space through our presence. This highly experiential workshop gives you the tools to step into courageous conversations that have the power to transform any situation.

> 3 week break
Individual coaching with Jenna Wee
Session 4: Integration/Final Day (9am-9pm)
Facilitators: Jenna Wee  & Jenny Devine 

Our final session looks to integrate all concepts explored and challenges each participant to show up and be seen in a far more authentic light than ever before. 
This part of the course ends with a celebratory dinner. 

> 4 week break
Group Coaching Follow Up sessions x 2 (Zoom)
Facilitator: Jenna Wee
After the main part of the course ends the group stays together for 2 x 1 hour facilitated group coaching sessions.


Cost per participant

Auckland: $4,000 + GST
Includes coaching, workshops, Leadership Circle 360 evaluation and debrief and all other admin expenses.

The groups of around 4-5 people are curated in a particular way. While there is diversity of sector and backgrounds, there will be a commonality in life stage or organisational position.
We speak with all candidates and their executive sponsors before confirming their participation to ensure the workshops are the right leadership development approach for them.

Play CoLab, Level 8, 187 Queen Street, Auckland CBD


We are able to provide you introductions to Play CoLab alumni. Here are a few more comments from those in the generation we reach with The Contemporary Leader programme:

“The past six months has seen me develop more as a leader than I ever expected. I have taken a leadership position on issues that are culturally important to me, driven these, and been recognised for the organisational change I have affected. This would never have been as authentic or clear without sandy, her collaborators and my wonderful peer group on my Play course. This is not some textbook leadership development programme -you will expand your world view, hone your perspective and challenge your inner beliefs. I cannot recommend Sandy and team highly enough.” – Jane, Director, Professional Services

“I was recently nominated as an emerging leader in the New Zealand Women in Governance Awards. Part of the nomination called for my thoughts on the importance and value of gender diversity. From the work we did at Play and most importantly Sandy’s guidance and thought-provoking challenge, I was able to write an incredibly authentic application on my point of view in this space. I used the feedback from Play to hone my thoughts on what leaders of my generation have to offer regarding diversity and the increased awareness of the challenges in this space gained from the specific Play module on diversity gave me a solid basis for my view. I personally gained so much from this – and apparently the change has been noticed! So thank you! It has literally been life-changing.” – Karen, Manager, Corporate Secretariat, Public Sector

“Sandy and Jenny’s Conscious Leadership course was the catalyst of a profound, positive change in me. Like an X-Ray, it revealed what was hidden below the surface that needed healing in order for me to move forward. The group dynamic was an integral element to faster diagnosis, and greater insight into why we’re all in this together” – Kathleen, Sales and Marketing Lead