Craig McDowell

Craig McDowell

Coach, Canterbury

Craig McDowell is a leadership coach who has previously been a Leadership and Management Adviser at the University of Canterbury.

Craig has developed a specialisation and high level of knowledge in coaching and mentoring in a variety of sectors. His strength-based approach to coaching enables him to effectively work with clients who need support or are focusing on their growth and development. Contexts include organisational and team development, performance management, adaptive leadership, reflective practice, collaboration and emotional intelligence.

Of particular interest to Craig is culturally contextualised leadership; he has been involved in a Māori initiative - Te Kauhua - which emphasised the necessity of whānau and iwi engagement, and the building of productive relationships with stakeholders to strengthen outcomes. Coaching leaders to enable them to have a clear understanding of equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi needs to be an important outcome of coaching leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand.

With ODI, Craig has individually coached business and emerging leaders and been involved as a leadership coach in two programmes - the Advanced Leaders Programme and Federated Farmers: Advocacy, Influence and Outcomes. He has also presented a Masterclass on Reflective Practice.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Master of Teaching and Learning (Distinction in thesis)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Diploma of Educational Management
  • Diploma of Teaching (Distinction)
  • The Leadership Circle
  • Gallup Clifton Strengths
  • Team Management Services
  • Genos Emotional Intelligence

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Craig was a great coach. It was good to sit down and talk out my role and different aspects that I wanted to improve. He talked things through with me and we came up with some good goals and tasks for me to work on. Craig quickly picked up what my role involves which was super helpful.

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