Shadow a Leader

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Thursday 5 July 2018

The aim of Shadow a Leader is to give to Auckland secondary school students and AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law students the opportunity to follow a business leader for a day and to understand what it takes to succeed in the leader’s field of endeavour.

Students are identified as portraying future business leadership potential.Shadow a Leader chooses Year 13 Auckland secondary school business students and AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law students to “shadow” a business leader for the day.

Teams of three

Each team consists of a business leader, one secondary school student, and one AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student.

Students are selected based on their leadership capabilities, potential and overall achievement. Secondary school business teachers and Heads of Department nominate their business students deserving of this initiative. These may include those students managing successful Young Enterprise Scheme initiatives. AUT students bring their experience as tertiary students and expertise of their chosen areas of study to Shadow a Leader teams. They are charged with guiding their younger student team members.

On 3 July 2017, Shadow a Leader, matched 75 business leaders, 75 AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law students and 75 secondary school students from 40 schools across Auckland into teams of three, so that students could each “shadow” a business leader for a day.

The day: Thursday 5 July 2018

The Shadow a Leader day begins with breakfast at AUT for participating students and business leaders. A young keynote speaker delivers an inspiring address at the breakfast.

After breakfast, the students follow their leader on their activities for the day.

Shadow a Leader teams activities may include:

  • Business planning and strategy meeting
  • Negotiation discussion
  • Sales team meeting
  • Client sales presentation
  • Client meeting
  • Board meeting
  • Company marketing discussion
  • Videoconferencing
  • Product manufacture or factory tour
  • HR consultation
  • Team building
  • Finance meeting

Dress code is school uniform for high school students, business attire for AUT students.

Download a Shadow a Leader brochure

Express interest

Secondary school students
Year 13 or Young Enterprise Scheme students – express your interest to your business studies teacher or form teacher

AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law students
From 3rd year undergraduate to postgraduate – express your interest to your Head of Department or to
Annie Gandar, Manager Business Relations,WF 1030, Phone 921 9999 x 5330

Business leaders
Please contact
Annie Gandar, Manager Business Relations, AUT Business School, Phone 921 9999 x 5330

Shadow a Leader really was an absolutely fantastic experience. I have been on a couple of similar-ish leadership things and this really was one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, experience I’ve ever had. To be able to get so close to Chris and his daily business, I really cannot begin to describe how amazing it was. This is the best possible thing an AUT student could ever do.
Rhiannon Snell, AUT Faculty of Business and Law student

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to share a little of what TRACK does and what life is like in the type of role I do. I’m pleased you enjoyed it and got something out of it. It was a great learning experience from my point of view as well – having you here, and responding to the questions you asked, forced me to look at the agency again through “fresh” eyes. It helped me appreciated what we have here (and also chuckle about some of the odd things that are a feature of this industry). Andy Bell, GM, TRACK NZ to Ketki Anil Kalgutkar AUT Business School student

AUT Shadow a Leader day was the best thing about Year 13. I spent my day at the Fonterra headquarters in town which was an awesome experience. I learnt so much about business in just a day and it was amazing being able to get a first-hand look at some of the real processes of running of Fonterra.
Heidi Strajnar, Pakuranga College student

It was a superb day and we plan to maintain a connection with these students.  They were super impressive and we received plenty of good advice from them.  Even looking at bringing them both back for round 2. An amazing event.  Well done. Aaron Toatelegese, Head of Enterprise Technology Services, BNZ

Firstly I would just like the opportunity to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your life as the CE of Waterfront Auckland for a day. The experience was priceless - the day spent benefited me both on a personal level and professionally, reinforcing that you are a great leader and someone I can honestly say I look up to in terms of achievement, communication and excellence.
Thomas Goldsbury (AUT Business School) to John Dalzell, Chief Executive of Waterfront Auckland

It was encouraging to see that what I have learned at university is reflected through Sanford's passion and ambition for sustainability and that there are business leaders with this keen focus.
Aaron McDowell (AUT Business School) to Volker Kuntzsch, CEO of Sanford Limited

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