How would you like to be rated as the most ‘agile leader’ people love to work with?


  • Identify your personal leadership agility strengths, by demonstrating the subtle personalised power of your communication, relationship building and knowledge utilisation
  • Identify other’s personal leadership agility talents, so you can build a team which everyone wants to belong to
  • Stand out as the ‘go to’ person for creating the innovation which comes from building a culture of intra and entrepreneurship
  • Identify powerful role models and coach-mentors who can escalate your success
  • Role model memorable leadership which your students will learn from
  • Inspire others on their leadership journey as they become clear about your values-guided purpose and strategy

Who should attend?

  • Business Owners 
  • Directors 
  • Consultants 
  • Managers or Leaders who work with staff to obtain sustainable results and obtain a competitive edge

Participants will be inspired by the wealth of knowledge they discover as they master the 12 practices of Leadership Agility

Why this Leadership Program?

Leadership Agility has been taught to hundreds of leading organisations on projects involving 20,000+ managers, professionals and employees from over 20 countries; including those attending Business Schools at:

  • Singapore Institute of Management (Singapore)
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Bond University, (Australia)
  • Perm State Research University- (Russian Federation)
  • National University of Ireland (Ireland)
  • Lancaster University (UK).
  • AGSA - Australasia
  • CLC Group of Schools - Zimbabwe



CareerBirds is the perfect way for you to discover your dominant leadership agility practice. In this program you will discover that you are one of 12 bird type personas.

Master the way you lead, learn and develop by discovering the 12 practices of leadership agility. Your free e-book will share the practices you are the most active in and how to navigate when you fly with other birds.

Which Leader are you?



The Leader of Communication.



The Leader to Role Model.



The Leader of Competition.



The Resource Leader.



The Crisis Leader.



The Diversity Leader.



The Vision Leader.



The Wisdom Leader.



The Feelings Leader.



The Viability Leader.



The Connecting Leader.



The Purpose Leader.


When birds of a feather flock together there is a synergy that synchronises and aligns all birds in the group.  
You'll discover the ultimate team building strategies and how to manage change in your flock. 

Azhar Khan


About Mr Azhar Khan : MBA – MNLP – CSMP - CBCP

Founder The Verity Leadership Institute

Azhar Khan is a techpreneur that specialises in marketing by helping companies to accelerate and scale by igniting their brands. As a transformational digital business executive, his superpower is developing internal culture that strategically aligns with CX/UX/UI and marketing automation models for business objectives.

Khan is proven transformational leader that drives performance and results with focussed action and strategic agility. He has an authenticity and passion for marketing communications in the ICT sector.

International and entrepreneurial, he has successfully worked in Harare, Dubai, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, London and the Gold Coast, building new start-ups, creating new software ventures and driving strategic change at companies like Apple. He has trained people in the USA, Denmark and South Africa and Australia. Virtually he has connected with people around the world to accomplish various business missions, for start-ups, SaaS & mainstream business, B2B & B2C.

As a leader, his approach combines creativity with diligence, innovating with quality and speed to encourages exponential scaling. Khan’s experience allows is deeply rooted in the tech sector and has sound strategies for how to operationalise digital transformation. Such a wealth of practical knowledge requires a high level of emotional intelligence to initiate change in organisations, which Khan says he embraces as his “serve strategy” for critical, sustainable business practices, and leadership.

Khan’s books have topped Amazon’s bestseller list in, Direct Marketing, Marketing, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship. The first release of “In it to Win It” co-written with Tom Hopkins was published in 2012, followed by the “The Ultimate Guide to Success” co-written with Brian Tracy in 2013.

Khan has a Master of Business Administration Corporate (MBA) from Bond University Australia and is a Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (MNLP) and Neurological Re- patterning. He is also a Certified Social Media Professional (CSMP – SACS CACI), Master of Social Media. and a Blockchain Certified Professional CBCP. In his spare time he goes to the gym and produces digital art.

Our combined service/product/technology platform is used around the world as part of Business Schools’ Masters’ courses, training company’s programmes and youth leadership educational inputs. We also work directly with Directors and their enterprises to secure personal and business re-invention, producing sustainable improvements in inter-connected local and global communities. Khan combines mentoring, training and educating, with research and writing, on how to develop the 'agile' and ‘verity’ leadership which produces sustainable ‘fit for purpose’, including reflective consideration of the individual/business/community impact of our diverse personal values.



"Mr Khan managed the seminar in a way that opened my eyes to leadership tools that in retrospect seemed glaringly obvious, but without being fleshed out in this environment I may have never found on my own. I consider myself a much better manager for the experience and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. With the help of these tools and practices, my store (and the team of staff in it) are, in my humble opinion, now on the road to greatness. My only regret is that we couldn’t arrange more time to devote to the course.”

Introduction to the Seminar

Mastering Sustainable Leadership Agility is an award winning program that helps you master the 12 practices of an agile leader.  

Leadership is generally considered, ‘to be like beauty - it’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it’ (Bennis, 2001). The importance of this statement is leadership is simultaneously projected by the leaders and perceived by the followers. Leadership comprises a context-specific two-way ‘happening’ between people, which consequently influences behaviour within the organisation and external relationships with other ‘followers’; customers, suppliers, investors and community stakeholders.

This leader-follower ‘social influence’ relationship and what takes place within it on a daily basis. It is at the heart and art of improving and sustaining leadership within its context.  By extension organisational performance and its continuing viability; especially through intense periods of change affect the thoughts and well-being of people. Invariably, under these now ever changing circumstances, the purpose and values of leadership and the organisation, comes under scrutiny and begins to be questioned or actively challenged, either openly or privately.

‘Agile’ leadership recognises and acknowledges such challenges, and also understands every follower has their own appreciation of what ‘beauty’ at any one moment in time looks like. This perception can and should be managed for everyone’s benefit. Leaders shape followers perceptions and expectations through how they practice leadership. In this way the ‘leader’ addresses the key question ‘why should anyone be led by me? Likewise, followers need to learn how to support the emergence of leadership through their own follower-ship, and by doing so they learn more about their own leadership. In any situation, there is no leadership present if follower-ship does not exist, regardless of job titles.



In late July I was given the opportunity to take part in the Career Birds Leadership Development Training course run out of TradeTools head office. (AUSTRALIA) The training came at a time that could not have been more advantageous for me, having just been put into a store manager role in a shop that was faced with the opportunity to grow to new heights.

Over 50 years of academic research and management practice (Aitken & Higgs, 2010), has provided evidence for the critical importance of 12 leadership agility practices which build ‘sustainable’ leadership and enterprises in a constantly evolving work, home and community environment. When practiced over time in all spheres of life, this results in you ‘mastering leadership agility’. In this module you will discover how the 12 practices apply to your own experience and circumstances, involving a deeper reflection on the personal values which shape your own leadership purpose, your on-going lifetime leadership development, and the role you have in developing the leadership capability in others.

The importance of this process is to reveal and improve your own everyday practice of leadership, thereby distinguishing between ordinary and extraordinary leaders in the eyes of followers. When broken down into 12 practices, leadership can be focused on and learnt over time; requiring reflection, diligent application, effort, and auditing of progress. In other words, it is vital to keep practising the practices until they become your default ‘fitness for purpose’ leadership habits.

We introduce the 12 practices of leadership agility by first examining how change is impacting your own context and explore the challenges this presents. Then, in turn, we will focus on each of the practices as they relate to predicting, implementing and embedding organisational change. These phases represent the natural change cycle of renewal, survival and thriving. Through this process, participants get a real sense of the everyday importance of being able to respond and adapt to ever changing circumstances and conditions at work and in life. In this way, the seminar gives you a toolkit which enables you to move towards the mastery of leadership agility.

The assessment for this seminar places emphasis on the application of theory to practice. Accordingly, the seminar assessment focuses on producing a real individual ‘personal leadership development plan', which is supported by references to readings undertaken.

Glen Crowther


CareerBirds has given me the tools and, I suppose, the missing insight to effectively communicate with not only my staff but other teammates around the company.  Azhar delivered a really engaging seminar, yet personal enough that I could focus on my own values and department. I would absolutely recommend anyone to participate in the course, be it an organisation looking to up-skill their staff – or an individual looking for self- improvement.


The learning content and process enables participants to develop the more agile leadership required to create, implement and review change in their own and other’s position, as necessary, in a complex, often unpredictable, and interconnected world. Each of the 12 leadership agility practices’ illustrations will be accompanied by a comprehensive set of readings. Learners are expected to read as many of these as possible, to perform to the best of their ability in specified assignments.

John McCormack


I found the leadership training using the CareerBirds system very useful. Some of the topics covered in the training have proven to be a very effective tool’s to have in a leadership role as store manager. Some of the topics covered I would use in some way on a daily basis and have helped me adapt to different situations a lot faster than I had done previously! Thanks again for the opportunity to take part in what was an intense but eye-opening experience, I think the way in which it was delivered  made it quite easy to grasp and digest.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the seminar, participants will have deepened their understanding of leadership agility, and extended their capability to provide appropriate leadership practice in their chosen contexts.

In particular, learners will be better able to:

  • understand the mechanisms which underpin outstanding leader-follower relationships
  • understand the nature, operational detail and impact of 12, evidence based, leadership agility practices
  • understand the impact of purpose and values on leadership practice and team-organisational-community outcomes
  • explore the key principles of sustainable leadership and enterprise during constant change
  • develop an action plan for enhancing contextualised leadership agility practice within an organisational development context, and demonstrate how to track progress towards achieving mastery.



I was able to appreciate the need to work as a team in an honest and transparent manner. I have learnt who I am really and what I can do to make myself and the organisation grow to even greater heights. I have also learnt the value of identifying other team member's strengths and weaknesses and to use these to the advantage of personal and professional growth. I have also learnt how to teach according to my children's ability using the audio, visual, kinesthetic and auditory digital techniques, kinaesthetic and auditory digital techniques!
Joseph Muzunze - Zimbabwe

Learning Facilitation

This will require:

  • pre-reading by participants
  • completing an on-line self-assessment of leadership agility at
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to refer to all the resources contained in the reading material.



We want you to know that we are very pleased with the quality of service and how accurate you are especially when answering our questions.  Thank you for your support of our knowledge.
Bienvenu Kyabuntu

Background to the Mastering Leadership Agility Seminar and Why it Matters?

Mastering Sustainable Leadership Agility is a leadership and organisational development approach, at the heart of which sits ‘the’ 12 leadership agility practices, which research suggests are critical for creating a knowledgeable and therefore innovative and sustainable organisation. 

Anyone involved in producing leadership in groups, teams and projects, even though they may not formally be designated as ‘the leader', can use these practices to improve productivity and performance in a manner which can be maintained.

The more people use them both individually and together, the more likely the organisation will generate the cultural conditions and a climate conducive to knowledge sharing, learning, engagement and collaboration. The role of leadership is to facilitate the growth of these conditions in a way which uses difference, novelty, unfamiliarity and the tension between stability and change, in a positive way. 

Creating this stimulation, adaptation and growth prevents degeneration into the politics, conflict and uncertainty that often leaves people feeling uncomfortable, de-motivated and resistant to change. Such considerations are vital for survival, thriving and renewal in a turbulent world. In the last 50 years, we have generated more knowledge than in the past 50,000. The pace of development continues unabated, driving a need for more and more learning and intelligent responses by organisations to shifting and evolving customer, shareholder, and stakeholder expectations. Consequently, leadership agility has become vitally important for delivering a sustainable organisation.

Paradoxically, senior executives often complain about a shortage of change leadership capability in their organisations whilst, at the same time, middle managers and others feel that opportunities to grow and shine are few and far between; either there is little time or budget available for learning, or limited focused investment in on-the-job leadership development. Using the 12 leadership agility practices as a live, everyday, dynamic leadership development and working practice strategy will resolve these issues.

Many experts suggest that ‘embracing inconsistencies’ is a primary role of leadership. Leaders need to be good at holding the tension created by apparently conflicting requirements; they need to engage with the challenge of finding solutions that are more inclusive and representative of the diversity of interests and satisfy the differing priorities emanating from various areas of expertise. It is often an uncomfortable position to find yourself in.

As modern organisations become more complex, leaders face more and more paradox as they navigate transitions. They have to try to maintain some sense of stability and continuity in an ever-changing world; for example, work to reconcile local needs with global interests, decide when to build on existing knowledge and when to unlearn because the approach is no longer fit for purpose.

The 12 leadership agility practices are learned capabilities that require extensive exposure to and practice in a broad variety of experiences where influencing others is key, coached reflection, and a level of emotional and mental resilience that comes with maturity. We know that it is possible to fast track this elusive capability through education and learning combined with focused on-the-job leadership development, and this seminar is part of that journey.



It has helped me to understand who I am, thus what sort of person or leader I am.  It has helped me to change how I operate.  Enabled me to appreciate the use of teamwork, have an open dialogue, to embrace everyone and most importantly, to be able to satisfy my customer's needs, so as to have a better world.

What will you learn?

This programme will provide you with a strong foundation to the 12 values-led leadership agility practices.

‘Sustainable’ leadership learners will also be able to:

  • Find out which personal values will sustain their careers and lives for lasting legacy
  • Confirm their own and others’ leadership strengths
  • Produce development plans which stand a better chance of being implemented
  • Join a leadership agility development community and continue to learn



"It was a great motivational exercise.  I have learnt how to develop my talent, skills and potential to improve my teaching methods.  The program was an eye opener and it has increased my confidence and self-esteem to deliver my intellectual capabilities to the classroom and the school environment at large.  Thank you.  We should have more workshops for staff development in the future."

CAREER BIRDS Guiding Principles

Discover and master the 5 core principles to make you fly:

  1. Learn the requirements of leadership development learning processes.
  2. Find out how your values are the compass to your motivation.
  3. Leadership capability is built by on-the-job practice. This can be maximised with coaching, using a values-led leadership toolkit. Learn how in this section.
  4. You will find the golden egg of Leadership ‘AGILITY.’ To remain ‘fit for purpose’ in your career and beyond in organisations that require staff who make many transitions you must remain competitive in a rapidly changing global context. Learn the character traits of those who are most productive in this section.
  5. Exceptional leadership performance requires personal values coherence/fit and mastery of 3 critical capabilities; communication, relationship building, and knowledge generation-exchange-dissemination. Learn how the toolkit applications will accelerate your decision making processes.



I have definitely been so much enlightened on leadership.  There are types of leadership, good and bad.  Everyone is a leader.  A good leader is receptive, approachable, flexible and knows his/her subordinates' needs and is ready to help.  Leadership is a choice, not a rank.  As an individual, you should know yourself, surround yourself with people who want the best for you.  The twelve birds:  I have learnt that each person has the characteristics of all these birds but one then identifies with one of them strongly. Personally, I was very impressed and I think I have gained knowledge which is going to help me in my teaching.

Six Leadership Values GEMS

The GEMS are a multi-faceted view of what we hold true and dear. In this programme you will take a hard look at the needs of the self through a prism of what is precious to you. Uncover the important values to you and how they influence your daily interpersonal relationships and everything you do. 


Self Approval

Explore the depths of the Ruby as you find the deep passions of preserving your public esteem and image. How do you discover what motivates you?



Reach into the calmness of the Sapphire and find out what are the internal and pro-social measures of success for you?

Stay Steady

The Citrine Gem will help you find the uplifting, bright energised environment that supports and challenges you to grow. Where in the world will that be for you?

Move Forward

Tanzanite is more rare than a Diamond and entrepreneurial-ism is a very special mindset.How might you use this rare gift for personal and business impact?

World Citizen

Sandawana Emeralds are as close to perfection as a gem gets. As you strive to reach your ultimate goals and connect to the world at large you will seek a responsibility. What will that be for you?

Communal Concern

Spinel Gems are some of the most sought after gems on the planet. Values derived from these gems connect to the spine of the community and engage in its spirit. Can you identify the source of the values that drive you?



The whole program was well planned with adequate resources that motivated and inspired us as future leaders. I would not hesitate to be part of the next session as I have benefited a great deal. Benefits are as follows:

  • Team spirit has been beefed up, my language skills too.
  • I have learnt a lot about leadership:
  • A leader sets his/her tone.
  • Vision Leaders should have direction.
  • Vision Leaders should always do the right thing. Doing the right thing gives you the right choices in life.
  • I am also encouraged to create a vessel of success to myself, my family and to my world.
  • Fantastic Feedback stole my heart. Finally working as a team really motivated me.

What to bring with you?

Bring to your first session your reflections regarding the three common human values driven needs below:

Needs for the Self 

What do I want for myself and my family?

Are you providing sufficient energy, time and focus into reflection and learning? Are you in the best physical shape to conduct excellence in yourself for every situation? How do you use opportunities to practice your deepest beliefs? Connections with other people feed our sense of belonging, financially, vocationally and socially. Family members and friends nourish each other and provide well being and room to maintain strength for the pace of life and its challenges. Where are you placed in your needs for maintaining a good balance?

Needs for the Business ​

What are the inputs, expectations, goals and rewards which drive collective effort and performance?

Are you creating the space for development, innovation and performance at your best? By establishing a safe and secure infrastructure within which to operate you gain clarity about our cultural norms which represent us in a diverse world. In maintaining the right networks for obtaining reciprocal benefit you become sufficient and focus on generating the cash and capital to sustain business growth. The effort you put into forging strong and unbreakable bonds go a long way to maintaining our capacity to cope with constant change. A belief in creating legacy through combining and applying our loves and talents has the capacity to bring any venture global success. What do your needs represent about you?

Needs for Society ​

What contributions are being made to help communities thrive, so we create and retain demand for our products/services?

The willingness to see the world as an interconnected system and priority space devoted to considering our impacts by helping others to create safety and security for themselves is a spiritual journey of time.  Your commitment for listening and dialogue with those who differ from you is a social bubble and seeing/feeling/hearing and connecting with how other people live is a life-giving force to your community. The energy expended by encouraging and developing entrepreneurial-ism and shared ownership within our communities, so others can generate prosperity is all about the relationships you make and the people you serve. Deep consideration of how to build and enhance a reputation which continues to attract followers provides a path to well-being resulting in the improvement of conditions for populations around the world.

There is nothing more noble than improving our generosity in helping others be the best they can be. What do you volunteer for? Your presenter will help you learn to apply your motivational direction and synchronise your needs by learning what you intrinsically focus on and engage with, based on your values.

Here's what others are saying...



The course was an eye opener for me but I feel we need more mentoring in order to discover my potential.  However, we are going away with a wealth of information to explore the God-given abilities.



I have learnt that if everyone works together as a team the school will benefit.  Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and together things will move smoothly.  Know yourself and what you want and work to the best of your ability to do good in the world.  I hope to become a better leader.  A very informative course, have learned lots and look forward to using it in day to day use.



The presentation was well organised and above average. A number of trainee activities were planned which kept the group alive. The powerpoint presentation was super clear and the audio at a professional level. 

  • To know the type of leader I am and what features contribute to this.
  • Also learnt how I best learn through the various senses.
  • Helped is shaping the refinement of a leader so you can continuously be of value to the people they lead.
  • I learnt the difference between transformational and transactional leaders and of their existence on a pendulum.
  • I learnt why a bird (Careerbirds) resembles my characteristics and that every bird exists in an individual.



I have learnt to consider different learner abilities during lesson delivery.  As a leader, I should have a vision, be tolerant, flexible, fair, and be able to establish a relationship with co-workers and work as a team.  There is also a need to tolerate different cultures and relate well with each other. In an organisation, feedback is a necessity.  It is very, very important.  One has to consider good ways to get feedback and create a good platform and time to receive it.  There is a need to add value to the company and find ways of improving areas.  The presentation was good and we learned a lot and hope to execute what we have learnt here in our classrooms.



I learnt how to be open-minded, to hear other leaders and to be flexible.  I have learnt good leadership skills and knowledge."
Lee-Ann May- Zimbabwe



I believe educationalist would benefit greatly if this course was offered to teachers and leaders (Heads, Deputies, Senior Staff) so that they can understand their strengths and weaknesses and appreciate those of others.  The course reaffirms that over the last 15 years as Head and previously 30 years as a teacher/educator (in the classroom) and sports coach, my life’s efforts have been fulfilled.  I gave my best and rejoice in the fact that it was the only way to link up well with both my pupils and colleagues by showing compassion to their needs, guidance when required and remained professional and confident about it.



I have learnt to be open-minded and not to remain comfortable in myself and the way I do things.  By being open minded I have learnt new things and will have so much more to offer.  I have also learnt qualities which a good leader has and I did not acquire, however, I can utilize these in my day to day teaching and living.  I have learnt a bit about myself and the strengths I did not know I had.  I can apply new ideas and strengths to develop myself as a person and as a teacher.  I would like to be the best mother and teacher I can be.



Personally I enjoyed the presentation and the program itself but as human beings mistakes are normal because we are not perfect.  I would like to congratulate you on this amazing program that you are offering.  You give us the opportunity to know ourselves, to understand who we are, where we come from and where we are going.  Thank you, because you have just inspired me, now I know and understand what leadership is all about.  Keep doing it with others.  Thank you.



The training enabled me to realise the kind of leader I am though Careerbirds and cats.  Showed some of the qualities I had not discovered.  The training was refreshing and a source of knowledge on how to be a team player, appreciate different personalities and to bring out the best in me and not give up too quickly.



I have done away with the inner voice that interrupts my good thought patterns.  I have identified my purpose professionally and have changed my focus to identify what has the most meaning in my life.



Walking into this seminar, I was not quite sure what to expect.  I soon found that I would learn more about myself and the different areas that make me who I am.  I have learnt that although I have weaknesses, I can work on them in such a way that will benefit the long term and not the short term.



Everyone has different personalities and we must respect and treat them accordingly.

  1. Realised who I am and how to use my abilities.
  2. Realised my negatives and I have to make a plan to deal with them.
  3. Need to accept Zimbabwean Culture (of which I am in the process of doing) and combine it with my culture. Learn to accept diversity.
  4. Play as a team and discover together.
  5. Instant gratification does not lead you anywhere.
  6. I enjoyed myself, almost forgot all my worries and insecurities.



I have benefited a lot from this seminar.  I cannot name them all but will name a few.  I have learnt that I need to develop myself and learn to listen to others before I comment or help someone.  It is of paramount importance to be a team player so as to take the organisation to a better level.  To be a good leader, know yourself and always communicate and hear other people’s minds.



The program was well managed.  It involved professionalism and made me learn a lot.  From this seminar, I have benefited that we all have the career birds in our personalities but that there is just one which is dominant.  For me, I am a Falcon of which I didn't know.  I realised that for me to be a good leader I need to be considerate and also flexible to change.  I should not have the "me" attitude but be able to accommodate other people,s views.  There are also four different learning styles in people.  I need to know my customer better so that I can be a better teacher to them so that lessons become interesting to them.  We, teachers of CLC, need to be like geese which work together as a team and support each other to succeed.  Thank you for your hospitality, it was really enjoyable.



The course was worthwhile and very beneficial, both to me and the organisation I work for.  I learnt that leadership involves communication.  Visual, Auditory. Kinesthetic and Auditory Digital platforms.  The seminar helped me to acknowledge who I am, what I want to achieve and my vision for the school.  I also learnt that excellent leadership is one that is tolerant, considerate, flexible, respectful, communicating and to work as a team.



This is a good course and if given a chance would love to continue.  I benefited on learning, how to learn, apply and share knowledge with the others.  I learnt about the difference between leadership and management.  Birds might be different just like us but if the team up together they can come up with a powerful team.  I benefited from learning how to let go of anger.  I learnt how to work with values, to receive value on the improvement and growth of CLC Group of Schools.  I now know about the importance of confidentiality at all levels and also that I am a leader too.  If I do not know, I have to ask others so that we discover together.  I learnt about "Fantastic Feedback”, it is important.  I will try to adopt the Transformational Leadership Culture.



Knowing who I am and that I have a vision or direction of where I want to go in life.  I learnt to always do the right thing, how to be a good leader and how to work with others.  To be the best role model for my students and learn their abilities by knowing their learning styles.  Visual, Auditory. Kinaesthetic and Auditory Digital.



The facilitator and trainer were knowledgeable. The environment was calm and educational. Brilliant communication skills. Amazing information was relayed.

  • Ethics of teamwork.
  • Communication skills.
  • How to be innovative.
  • Everyone has a different role in the organisation or institute.
  • Setting standards.
  • Thinking out of your comfort zone.
  • Importance of teamwork.
  • Mental elevation.
  • Value of leadership skills.

Speaking at Bond University Australia for the Australasian Girls Schools Conference