Institute for Strategic Leadership

Providers of Executive Development and Organisational Transformation since 2001.

Our Founder

Dr Geoff Lorigan CNZM is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Strategic Leader and Smart Leader Diagnostics. A strong thread that weaves throughout Geoff’s multiple careers is innovation and leadership, at both company and industry levels — nationally and internationally.


Our Patron

Sir Jerry attended the Institute for Strategic Leadership’s first Strategic Leadership Programme in 2001 and was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute in 2020. He has a Master of Arts with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato, and was recognised as one of their distinguished alumni in 2009. In May 2011, Sir Jerry received an honorary doctorate from Massey University.


The Institute Story

In 2001, Dr Geoff Lorigan, then Professor of Strategy, and Director of the Advanced Business Programme at the University of Otago, after a successful career in four different CEO roles, founded The Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL). The inspiration for the Institute came from an observation that MBA’s produced outstanding managers but did not focus on producing exceptional leaders.

It is leadership, not management, that has the most profound influence on organisational success.