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I am a former Broker Sales Manager and an Operations Manager who is now working as a leadership coach, consultant and strategist across four key areas:

  • Leadership of successful teams
  • Optimisation of mental performance 
  • Leadership psychology
  • High performing teams

Within these areas, I design, coach and facilitate bespoke leadership development programmes for individuals and teams including managers of all levels, directors, executives, professional athletes and aspiring leaders. My clients include the Delegates of the European Union, The Fred Hollows Foundation in Timor-Leste, the Fiji Sun newspaper, Lakes DHB, Kmart and Foodstuffs.

I am listed by Evan Carmichael as one of the top 100 leadership experts in the world to follow on Twitter.

When I design leadership programmes I draw from my twenty five years of managerial experience across a range of industries in the United Kingdom and here in New Zealand. I am accepted in the MBTI suite of tools and I am a professional member of NZAPT (New Zealand Association of Psychological Type) NZIM (New Zealand Institute of Management) and NZATD (New Zealand Association of Training & Development). I am a published author of two leadership books and I've had articles published in a range of magazines including Lifestyle for Men Magazine, M2, New Zealand Management Magazine as well as having a weekly business column with the Fiji Sun Newspaper. I am the current editor of Elite Leadership magazine.

If you want practical effective coaching and facilitation based on a foundation of modern leadership theories then get in touch via Twitter, the enquiry form below or call me direct on 021 354 831 (New Zealand)

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  • Getting rid of the vampires in your life
    There are people in this world who look and talk like us but they are different. These people have unfulfilled lives. Where there should be self-love there are gaps. Where there should be light there is only darkness and they believe the only way to relieve this darkness is to take the light away from other people’s lives.
    Posted: Monday 27 January 2014
  • Developing Future Leaders by Mark wager
    What is the defining legacy of a leader? Is it the number of trophies that reside in his cabinet? Is it the number of people who miss him when he's gone or is it the quality of leadership lessons that he leaves behind?
    Posted: Thursday 23 January 2014
  • The Power of Leadership by Mark Wager
    In its simplest terms Leadership is the power to influence people. This ability to influence has been described as a form of power and in 1959 social psychologists did studies on the different bases of power and it’s in this work that you discover the fundamental forms of leadership
    Posted: Monday 20 January 2014
  • Top Tips for Millennial Leaders
    The path of leadership is not a set path. Some of us pursue leadership while others have it thrust upon them. Some become leaders later in life while others step into this role at an earlier age.This article details some of the tips that helped me through the beginning of my leadership journey and I hope will help you to.
    Posted: Monday 13 January 2014
  • The Four Layers of Leadership
    The difference between a company that excels and a company that is just good is found in the depth of leadership rather than the quality of leadership.
    Posted: Monday 6 January 2014
  • Why you should turn your management team into a leadership team
    People may change and positions are occasionally added and removed but the philosophy behind creating a management structure is not only untouched but never questioned. In today’s difficult economic market maybe it’s time we look at changing this fundamental managerial practice.
    Posted: Monday 23 December 2013
  • Six reasons why good people turn into bad bosses
    An unfortunate fact about a lot of people’s working life is that they have a bad boss. The kind of boss that demoralises instead of inspires. You dread to try anything in case you make a mistake because you know how your boss will react, but was this bad boss always like this and was he or she even aware that they are being perceived as a bad boss?
    Posted: Monday 16 December 2013
  • Be the Hero of your own story by Mark Wager
    We all live our own story but what role do we play? Are we the bystander, the victim, the comic relief or maybe we are the hero of our story. Learn how you can take control of your life and change your role in your life story
    Posted: Monday 9 December 2013
  • Inspirational quotes from Miyamoto Musashi
    Miyamoto Musashi was the greatest Ronin of all time. He fought and won over 60 duels he was the true definition of a warrior, an accomplished author, artist and poet Miyamoto Mushashi left a legacy that is relevant to anyone that seeks success
    Posted: Monday 18 November 2013
  • Common Leadership Myths by Mark Wager
    There are many of us who aspire to be leaders while others have the mantle of leadership thrust upon them but is leadership what we think it is? There are a lot of misconceptions out there and we need to be aware of those misconceptions so that we can truly understand what leadership really is. In this article I will be exploring some of the most common myths about leadership.
    Posted: Monday 11 November 2013
  • 10 Leadership Lessons by Mark Wager
    In this article I look at some of the lessons that I have learnt during my own personal leadership journey
    Posted: Monday 4 November 2013
  • Rekindling the Fire: The Search for Motivation by Mark Wager
    When you are motivated, you are focussed. There is fire burning inside your heart and you feel like nothing can stop you. Yet on the downside when that fire has gone out minutes feel like hours and hours feel like days. There’s no question which feeling is better. However, when you have lost that fire and it happens to all of us at some time or another, what on earth can we do to get it back?
    Posted: Monday 28 October 2013
  • The Essential Quality of Leadership by Mark Wager
    When I do leadership workshops up and down the country I get asked a lot of questions. Without doubt the most commonly asked question is what is the most important quality for a good leader? In this article I’m going to answer that question and explore why it is a quality that most leaders unwittingly ignore.
    Posted: Monday 14 October 2013
  • Are you a leader or a manager in disguise?
    There's been an eternal debate comparing the merits of management against leadership. Which one are you and are you sure?
    Posted: Monday 30 September 2013
  • The Four Elements of Conflict
    We are told as a child to avoid conflict but as an adult it is an essential driver for change. Learn how to manage conflict in your life
    Posted: Monday 16 September 2013
  • Give your career a chance by Mark Wager
    This is a follow-up article to a popular article I did earlier this year called "Give people a chance when recruiting"
    Posted: Monday 9 September 2013
  • The Leadership Multiverse by Mark Wager
    Have you had a conversation with someone only to find out later that they have taken away a very different message from the one intended? You would have heard the saying "They are living in a different world" well as a Leader you need to be prepared to live in a different universe
    Posted: Monday 2 September 2013
  • Top Tips for Effective Meetings
    How many times have you heard people say at the end of the day say "I got nothing done I was at meetings all day" Learn how to make meetings work
    Posted: Monday 26 August 2013
  • Turning a Manager into a Leader
    Managers are effective at getting things done but Leaders take organisations beyond expectations. Learn how to become a Leader
    Posted: Monday 19 August 2013
  • Reaching for the stars
    "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world" - Harriet Tubman
    Posted: Monday 5 August 2013

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