National Executive Leadership Attributes

The leadership attributes provide guidance for the professional growth and development of National Executive members. Additionally, they provide the expectations of members elected or co-opted to National Executive.

These Leadership Attributes were adopted in National Executive Report 2016/032.

NZEI Te Riu Roa offers opportunities for developing leadership through:

  • Mātauranga, mōhiotanga, māramatanga
  • Fostering collective and individual responsibility
  • Enabling and developing others' leadership
  • Creating a safe place to grow
  • Providing opportunities, support, and resources
  • Working together for a common vision

National Executive members are expected to:

  • Promote the values, objects and mana of NZEI Te Riu Roa through their actions
  • Reflect and demonstrate the importance of NZEI Te Riu Roa as a Treaty based
  • Understand the implications of wider education and political contexts
  • Be prepared - listen, read and critically analyse information, share and challenge your understanding
  • Think strategically, understand complex ideas and identify possible solutions
  • Be connected to NZEI Te Riu Roa members locally and take a role in NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • Display credible leadership with members and external organisations
  • Work as part of a collective, contribute to group decision making and stand by agreed decisions, and build power by working together and growing others
  • Be committed to ongoing learning and development

Role Definition

The Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations of National Executive

These Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations were adopted in National Executive Report 2015/027.

Contributing to the governance process

In practice this means:

1.1 Maintaining currency of knowledge and information to inform contributions via Docushare, networks and public media.

1.2 Requesting and processing information to be confident that risk analysis informs decision-making.

1.3 Keeping in touch with the general membership and their views.

1.4 Respecting protocols and good process during deliberations.

1.5 Supporting collegiality within the executive and the collective decisions that have been agreed on.

1.6 Using "big picture" views to keep a perspective on incoming information to inform decision making and determine relevancy and using agreed protocols of engagement.

1.7 Supporting a positive working relationship with staff while recognising the governance / management roles.

1.8 Recognising and respecting the role of President.

1.9 Preparing for all meetings thoroughly and being prepared to contribute, challenge and be challenged.

1.10 Engaging with the National Secretary processes and change management agenda.

Liaising with networks and structures

In practice this means:

2.1 Ensuring the flow of information between groups is maintained.

2.2 Having a visible presence at a local level (as much as is practical).

2.3 Ensuring information provided is on-message, succinct and relevant to each audience.

2.4 Supporting local networks and structures in collaboration with Area Councils and identifying needs e.g. pastoral care.

2.5 Supporting succession planning by identifying and supporting future leaders.

Leading groups or pieces of work

In practice this means:

3.1 Taking a leading role on the ground in campaigns, industrial and professional work/issues.

3.2 Making plans, setting goals and demonstrating ownership of pieces of work.

3.3 Working collaboratively with networks, structures and staff as appropriate.

3.4 Sharing personal expertise and deferring to others as necessary.

3.5 Having an understanding and appreciation of the related goals, policies or campaigns that will direct leadership or the development of pieces of work.

3.6 Liaising with assigned staff members with the responsibilities in these areas.


In practice this means:

4.1 Maintaining the integrity and reputation of NZEI as an organisation e.g. speak with "one voice" and support the "party line" when issues arise, ensuring that what you do or communicate supports policy and campaigns.

4.2 Effectively representing NZEI Te Riu Roa in public or advocacy roles.

4.3 Keeping up to date and being prepared.

4.4 Recognising your own limitations and knowledge gaps and seek support when necessary.

4.5 Recognising the primacy of the National Executive role above all roles at the local level. Attendance at your local Area Council, Branch, Aronui Tōmua or Komiti Pasifika is your choice. However holding office is a potential


In practice this means:

5.1 Recognising and supporting positive relationships with groups/allies who share common interests at a national and local level.


In practice this means:

6.1 Having a guardianship role.

6.2 Keeping a watching brief that ensures that decisions made uphold and enhance the integrity of the organisation.

6.3 Ensuring that decisions made will protect and maintain the reputation of the organisation now and in to the future.