Lift Your Leadership

New Zealanders work and lead in highly competitive sectors in the world. If you lead here, you must do so with a distinctive New Zealand focus. If you lead elsewhere, there are valuable lessons for all leaders in what it takes to succeed in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments often characterised by relatively small customer bases, high competition, slim margins and distribution challenges.

Whether you’re an experienced  or emerging leader, the best way to lift your leadership capability and ignite better leadership is with a practical and proven leadership developer who is globally-informed and New Zealand-based.

Suzi McAlpine Leadership helps current and emerging leaders acquire, amplify and apply the full range of skills they need to adapt quickly and engage effectively as a leader.

A Powerful and Proven Approach

Our programmes enable your leaders to learn the leadership practices that your organisation will need to successfully adapt and succeed, particularly with newer generation workforces.

Our proprietary system helps leaders effectively gather the leadership skills needed to lead well in today’s challenging organisational environments.


Ultimately, every leader is appraised on their ability to make good things happen. We help leaders apply everything they‘ve learned in our programmes to themselves and how they lead their teams. Our approach works because it’s practical, grounded and authentic.


Once leaders have acquired the core leadership skills, the next stage is to deepen these insights so they become second nature. Leadership doesn’t happen in a vacuum – we help leaders broaden the impact of their leadership to their stakeholders.


Knowing best practice leadership approaches underpins effective leadership. Through our programmes, we help leaders acquire the skills and knowledge they need to lead with insight, skill and confidence. From how to build trust, grow self-awareness and delegate effectively to leading through change and managing performance, the latest research backed approaches to all things leadership are covered.

“Effective leadership doesn’t just happen. It takes time, patience and courage. As someone who has been a leader and senior executive, and who has worked alongside CEOs and executive teams, I understand both the pressures and fulfilment that come with leading a team.

Our company deals with the mechanics of leadership, of course. But what makes our programmes effective is that we look behind that to the people themselves. By helping leaders at different levels to acquire, amplify and apply the skills they need, we strengthen their capacity to bring out the best in themselves and in those around them.”

Suzi McAlpine
Suzi standing outside a building

Founder, Leader,
Speaker, Author

Suzi is the founder and director of Suzi McAlpine Leadership. She’s a leadership developer, author, executive coach and speaker – supporting leaders and organisations throughout Australasia.

Author of the bestselling book, Beyond Burnout and the award-winning blog, The Leader’s Digest, Suzi is also the creator of The Leader’s Map, a blended leadership programme for organisations wishing to equip their emerging leaders with the necessary leadership capabilities for success.

She has been featured in the Sunday Star Times, ONE News, TVNZ's Sunday programme, Radio New Zealand, the NZ Herald and Inc. Magazine.

Suzi is based in Nelson, New Zealand.

Working with Us

Our approach works because we take the time to understand your people, organisation and unique context.

We help your leaders work at the pace required to achieve meaningful and enduring change.

Each member of our team is chosen because they are relatable and down to earth, as well as having the wealth of experience to tackle significant topics and issues in ways that enable real progress. We ask questions that get to the heart of issues. We help everyone feel they can share openly and candidly.

Our Team

Suzi McAlpine Leadership provides executive coaching and leadership development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand. We’ve worked with Meridian Energy, Farmlands, Z Energy, Yealands Wine Group, Callaghan Innovation, Acumen the and Institute of Accountants Australia and New Zealand to name a few.

Our expanding team enables us to meet the demand for quality leadership development in New Zealand and beyond. Each executive coach facilitator has been chosen for their ability to deliver on our ethos and lift leadership in different organisations.

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Suzi McAlpine

Founder, Leadership Coach

Founder Suzi McAlpine is a leadership development specialist and author of the bestselling book Beyond Burnout and the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest.

She studies, writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations.

Suzi graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies (First Class Hons) in Management and spent 10 years as an Associate Director and shareholder at OCG Consulting where she was part of the management team who led the business through double digit growth before selling the business to a multinational.

She then spent four years as a Managing Consultant at Futurestep, a division of Korn Ferry, partner to over 93% of Fortune 100 companies, before starting the business that would become Suzi McAlpine Leadership in 2011.

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Jayne Chater

Leadership Coach, The Leader’s Map

Jayne applies over 20 years of leadership coaching expertise to (compassionately) challenge individuals to discover their own unique thinking and behavioural style and to discover and define what drives them to be the best version of themselves. Alongside being a staunch working parents advocate, she supports leaders in organisations to become more leaderful, focussing on the value of growing others, using coaching as an everyday approach. Jayne's work spans a diverse range of organisations and industries such as the public sector (NZTE), Professional Services (DLA Piper), Private sector (Coca-Cola European Partners) and Insurance (AIA Insurance). She is one of Aotearoa's leading coaches who brings diversity with her thinking and experience. She is someone that definitely likes to see results AND have fun along the way.

Jayne brings her coaching expertise to deliver and facilitate The Leader’s Map programme.

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Libby Irwin

Leadership Coach, The Leader’s Map

Libby leverages over 25 years of corporate experience, with dual qualifications in Law and Commerce from Otago University. An Internationally Certified Coach, she empowers leaders to unlock their potential and excel in challenging business environments. Her approach combines empathy with strategic insight, honed through executive roles including Chief Operating Officer and Head of People and Performance. Her diverse background spans finance, legal, and entertainment sectors, including KPMG, DLA Piper, and Skycity.

Libby brings her coaching expertise to deliver and facilitate The Leader’s Map programme.

Treena Pitham

Treena Pitham

Executive Assistant

An ‘organiser extraordinaire' and master Executive Assistant, Treena is Suzi's virtual assistant and right hand for over seven years

Treena excels in administrative tasks. Beyond admin, Treena’s other passion is dance and she even holds a National title in Latin American dancing.

6 Reasons to Choose Us


A New Zealand-inspired approach to leadership development that works across markets


Programmes that cater for the needs of emerging and experienced leaders


Experienced programme facilitators and coaches with real-world working experience of leadership


The right combination of globally-informed theory and practical application


People focused: tailored to ensuring your leaders acquire the specific skills and insights they need to lead in your unique environment and context.


A complementary range of services that enables you to accelerate leadership capability to teams or individuals

How are You Wanting to Ignite Better Leadership?

Contact us to learn more about how our programmes can help leaders at all levels of your organisation to acquire, amplify and apply their leadership skills.

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