Activate Intrinsic Motivation

Build Resiliance & Agility

Apply Adaptive Leadership

Lead with Vision & Purpose

As science knows, the difference between average and outstanding leadership is who you are and how you operate…

Intrinsic Leadership is brain-based training that develops the internal ‘operating system’ of outstanding leadership – mindset, drivers, strengths and behaviours – by introducing skills, tools and strategies to grow the confidence and capability to meet challenge, lead people and enliven new posibilities.

NEXT OPEN TRAINING |December 2018, Wellington


Open trainings limited to twelve people only, so everyone can deepen their learning, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.


Brain-based. Practical Tools. Real World Ready.

DAY-ONE: Leadership Operating System

Science and application of human-centred leadership.

Defining Outstanding

Understand what separates average from outstanding leadership, and how to develop the latter.

Experiential Leadership

Beyond the text book, identifying sources that develop leadership and how to harness them.

Leadership Influence

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

Adaptive Leadership

Learn how and when to adapt your leadership style to different scenarios.

Above-the-line Leadership

Define the benchmark for your own leadership, model to others and set performance standard.

PART 2: Strengths-Based Leadership

Apply your strengths for an authentic leadership style.

Values & Drivers

See how your core values drive decision making, relationships and ‘fit’ … utilise with greater intention for greater satisfaction.

Intrinsic Motivation

Know your intrinsic motivators; bolster autonomy, mastery and purpose; feel more connected and driven.

Apply Your Strengths

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

S.K.E. Map

Map your skills, knowledge and experience for greater leverage and development.

Mindful Motivation

Apply specific coaching questions to identify a development pathway that’s based on intrinsic motivation.

PART 3: R.O.A.M.

Shaping a Resiliant, Optimistic and Agile Mindset.

Mechanics of Mind

Understand the mechanics of your mind and increase mental strength.

Solution Focus

Meet problems with solutions where other people see drama.

Calm Under Pressure

Stay calm under pressure, think clearly to access a fuller range of solutions.



Strengthen your resilience and bounce back quicker from setbacks.

Instant Pre-Play

From sports psychology, use strategies to create positive expectations.

Caged Thinking

Recognise caged thinking, operate beyond mental limitations.


Link positive beliefs to your strengths for greater self-determination.

Nutrition for Energy

Balance your inputs and outputs, choose energy over exhuastion.

PART 4: Lead by Example

Set your sights to acheive what’s important, model possibilities.

Goal Focus

Using the brain’s sensory system, set specific goals around your aspirations for leadership and change.

Navigating Change

Undertsand human responses to change, avoid paralysis and shift your space when you need to.

Leading Change

Understand the five levels of reason and be a catalyst for change around what matters most to you.

Organise your mind

Resolve overwhelm, organise your mental space using your visual cortex, translate into action

Systems Theory

The science of continuous improvement, systems and srategies to get you moving and achieveing.

Leave this training with greater command over your internal operating system, drop the noise that can limit potential and focus on what’s possible.

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

How previous participants rate Leadership Intelligence



“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 and 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. Excellent, 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.


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.

No Broad Brush

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

No One Gets Lost

Our 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 learnings, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.

Learn more about our methodology and the results we get.

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, 15% multiple person discount for three of or more people attending the same training from the same business, 25% 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!

Let’s Talk

What’s on your mind?

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

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