Achieve the impact you want to make

Leigh Development was founded on the belief that people shouldn’t struggle to find the information they need to run their business or not-for-profit successfully.
There is so much information and support available to business owners and not-for-profits, but unless you know what you’re looking for it might as well not exist.

That’s where I come in.

I provide the support to help you navigate your way through business, or with your not-for-profit organisation.

I specialise in working with organisations that have an impact focus to their mahi – they want to leave the world in a better place than they’ve found it.

What I do

Every person, every business, every organisation I work with is vastly different.  

But what I do is consistent.
It's awakening the ability in people to operate sustainable, profitable organisations that will last - without burning themselves out in the process.

I work with organisations trying to do too much with too little, and I give them the framework to turn their goals into measurable processes to achieve the impact they want to make.  On repeat.

Business strategy, coaching and facilitation tailored to your needs

I provide strategic business coaching and guidance to keep the day-to-day running smoothly, so YOU can keep focused on achieving your goals and creating sustainable impact.

I can guide you through the steps to make your vision reality.

Business doesn't have to be community service-oriented to make a difference in the world. Through the services they deliver, their employment practices, or through their other activities, all businesses have an impact on society.

The real question is, what kind of impact do you want to make - and do you want help to achieve that?

Our Values

What we believe

Diversity, equity and inclusion are our building blocks

Human rights for all. Dignity, fairness and respect. We challenge inequity by pushing against the status quo and systemic marginalisation and we support others to enable them to do the same.

Be a bloody good human. Simple.

Community led development is critical to change

Leigh Development is a tāngata Tiriti organisation that recognises te tino rangatiratanga of hapū as expressed in He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and as affirmed in te Tiriti o Waitangi.

What this means is that we will pull out all the stops to ensure that we will do what is right by Māori as tāngata whenua of Aotearoa, and as was agreed to in He Whakaputanga and te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We do this because we believe that what is good for Māori is great for everyone, and we believe it is our responsibility to help disrupt the narrative to the contrary.  

We champion diversity and inclusivity practices, and actively promote and support working with other organisations that demonstrate positive engagement with whānau/hapū/iwi.  

What this does not mean, is us representing ourselves as experts in cultural competency.  We guide, but we do not instruct.  In all cases, we will defer to the voice of lived experience and we will advise you to do the same.  Co-design means to extend the invitation to plan the party, not consulting upon it after you’ve decided on the theme.

Lead with curiosity, couple it with humility.

About Sel

Ko Sel tōku ingoa. E ngākaunui ana au ki te manaakitanga.

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Sel Leigh

Strategic Business Coach

I used to judge my value by how busy I was.
What that really means is, that I used to judge my worthiness by how much I did for other people and not for myself.

Of course, the inevitable happened and I burned out. And you'd think that would have been my lesson learned. But fast forward a couple of years and the same thing happened again. 
This time I took the time to learn from it.  

I took my background expertise from working across government and in private business, and everything I knew about running not-for-profit organisations and transformed my business success.

I removed my potential for future burn out by crafting a simple framework of easy to follow processes, on top a strong foundation of business skills.  

I can help you to do the same.

Our purpose is to achieve positive impact by providing accessible support to those businesses and organisations that strive to make a positive difference for people and planet.

If you're constantly juggling your commitments and feeling overwhelmed or worried about breaking things in your business, do you need support to break the cycle before the breakdown?

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