The Leadership Accelerator Program

Expand your team’s capacity, resourcefulness and resilience

So they can

Do great work even (especially) when there’s a lot going on.

With complexity and unrelenting change only accelerating, it’s clear the old ways of leading are not sufficient. Good people are swamped, and barely hanging on – or worse – losing hope and opting out.

A new approach is required.

The Leadership Accelerator program will empower your people to drive change, achieve goals and lead others.

Your organisation has BIG Goals and Dreams

It might be to:

Grow and serve more clients

Change up and innovate your sector

Renew and invigorate your team after 3 hard years

Launch new products and categories

Expand through acquisitions

Build a values based, high performance company culture


Your people hammered, and overwhelmed

You have people new to management or leadership who lack confidence and skills

You have a big remit, and you need more people to step up

You’re dealing with a complex, volatile environment which you have little control over, and yet you still have to show up and execute

You’re trying to do more with less – but you’re already wrung dry

Good people are becoming resigned and feeling powerless

You know something else is possible, but what? And how?

Commitment and hard work isn’t enough, given the increasing complexity, change, and challenges.

You need to unleash the leadership of your people.

By developing their capacity, you access the deep reservoirs of talent that already exists and is hidden beneath the surface.

You can do this without adding more stuff to already overloaded people, doubling your staff numbers, or going against your values.

This is where the Leadership Accelerator program comes in.

“So much of what needs to change in organizations comes down to mindset. Twenty-first-century leaders are expected to have a growth mindset.”

David Mallon, Vice President and Chief Analyst at Bersin by Deloitte Consulting LLP, 2019

The Leadership Accelerator is a proven approach to leading in difficult times

It is for:

Mission driven organisations, with great people doing important work

Organisations with entrenched mindsets who need to forge a transformation agenda

Ambitious go-getting teams hungry to accelerate results and make new opportunities

Businesses wanting to scale their leadership development

Through the Leadership Accelerator

Organisations will:

Invigorate existing strategy and implementation

Create new energy, ownership and accountability

Develop a culture of possibility. Create new growth areas, markets or products

Activate more outside-the-box thinking

Challenge limiting personal and organisational mindsets

Make change agendas possible and achievable

Support mental health by equipping people with tools to reflect, reframe difficulties, reimagine their abilities and develop compassion for oneself and others.

Transform the scarcity mindset, and liberate the resourcefulness (in time, money, people) that is already there

Executives will:

Gain practical tools to avoid being derailed by setbacks and challenges

Understand their default leading style and how to shift it

Learn how to shift limiting beliefs to ones that get results

Deepen trust, cohesiveness and resilience within the team

Move big agendas at work

Get clarity and focus on the right things

Grow confidence in themselves and their leadership, with less second guessing, imposter syndrome, and limiting beliefs

Gain tools to live and lead with less stress

Break through challenges and get traction

Empower the leadership of people around them

“By Microsoft developing a leadership mindset, managers and team members become more positive, innovative, open and engaged despite the tsunami of constant change. Focusing on mindsets is the reason Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gives for the doubling of share price in just 4 years.”

London Business School, 2018

Mindsets form the foundation of
The Leadership Accelerator

Mindset is key to business growth, company turnarounds, and community transformation. By developing a Leadership Mindset, managers and team members become more positive, innovative, open and engaged despite upheaval and uncertainty. Big work agendas become possible.

3 keys sit at the heart of
The Leadership Accelerator


Be aware of limiting beliefs and old stories that keep you stuck. Grow in your understanding of what drives your behaviour.


Apply that awareness through practice. Try new things. Move from insight to action.


Achieve greater results with less constraint and stress. Create a bigger vision for the results that are possible and the impact that will make.

The Leadership Accelerator moves people
in your organisation

FROM (Red)

TO (blue)



Disempowered and resigned

Empowered and accountable

Exhausted, no bandwidth

Resilient, increased capacity

Why (me/is this happening)? Blame game

Accepts the situation and builds from there

Leaders are few

Expanded leadership pool

Past dictates future

Past informs. Future is to be created

Scarcity thinking

Constraint provides focus and new ideas



So how does The Leadership Accelerator work?

The Leadership Accelerator is an online program AND face-to-face group coaching program.

It gives participants a video curriculum with worksheets to work through at their own pace, AND real time coaching from Cathy Burke each week. This allows participants to be coached in the action and apply the teachings to situations that have arisen. It’s like a half-time locker room check in, with specific coaching for leaders on the go.

The online community gives people a chance to connect with each other, give and receive help, and share learnings.


Consists of:

Online Training with 5 leadership modules that walks people through step by step how to create a Leader's Mindset, and use that to elevate their work and their life

Community where they get support from Cathy and their peers whenever they need it

Group Coaching calls
with Cathy every week for 12 months

1 year access to Curriculum and Community

Resources that make implementing this training faster and easier

There are 5 Steps to
the Leadership Accelerator Online Curriculum

and discover how to lead effectively without letting old beliefs hold you back

Understand how mindsets are key to your success

Identify where you sit on the Leadership Ladder, and what you need to focus on

Get clear about what you can achieve without old beliefs holding you back

and get more time and energy without stressing

Gain awareness of your default leading styles and what to do about it

Identify mindsets to avoid and ones to adopt that are unique to you

Learn how to not be derailed by circumstances

and discover a better way to achieve

Learn The Mindset Process™

Apply this to untangle limiting beliefs holding you back

and create a future for your leadership that is powerfully yours

Reimagine leadership, and what excellence could be for you

Get clear on what’s important and what you want to achieve

Articulate your ambition, and make a plan to achieve it

and have this be your new normal.

Create an action plan and pathway to set your goals and achieve them.

Leverage your impact by supporting others to lead with a Leader’s Mindset

Be the leader that others are inspired by and learn from

The greatest leverage an organisation has is its people.

So how are you activating this resource?

How are you developing the capabilities and mindsets of the people you depend on to deliver your mission?

The Leadership Accelerator Program isn’t info overload.

It’s not theoretical and impractical.

It is based on the latest research AND Cathy Burke’s two decades experience in unleashing the leadership of human beings to solve extraordinary problems.

It works.

The Leadership Accelerator provides a way of leading that increases impact and accomplishment – while reducing stress and frustration.

And it allows for

  1. People to do their best work without getting burned out
  2. Inspiration and energy to flow
  3. Your mission to have the best chance of succeeding.

Accelerate the leadership of your people to achieve the extraordinary.


An hour a week on the course will have someone finish the program in 10 weeks, but some finish sooner and then review, and others take longer.

Each week there is group coaching that goes for an hour. Participants are encouraged to attend, but they don’t need to come to each one - they might show up when they have something specific to ask for get coaching for.

Within a month someone who is engaging with the course material and coaching sessions will be leading with less stress and more effectiveness.

The Leadership Accelerator is designed to be relevant and relatable. It can be done in short bursts which builds sense of achievement. Lots of stories and case studies keep it interesting.

The Leadership Accelerator actually free up people’s time. People get less caught up in the busy ness and become more strategic and targeted. Gaining time is a benefit participants regularly share.

Every person and every organisationis governed by mindsets. They determine how we respond to challenges, what decisions we make, and how effective we are. Yet we’re mostly unaware of them. Left unchecked, limiting mindsets frustrate an organisation’s ability to achieve its aims.

Whilst there are improvements and technology fixes organisations can do to help people be more productive, without a mindset upgrade, they won’t be sustainable or effective.

The Leadership Accelerator Program will deepen the talent bench and unlock pools of previously hidden leadership potential across the whole organisation. Companies and teams become freer to create, launch, fail-fast, ideate and launch again new products and initiatives.

The Program enables people to generate the best possible action in any given situation, and be less derailed by difficulties and challenging conditions.

What Cathy’s Clients Say

Hiromi Kuehn

Director Amazon Japan

“Cathy is an exceptional coach. She listened to our team’s challenges and partnered with us to tackle opportunities together. She has helped my team think differently and guided us to find our own solutions.”

Scarlett Lewis

Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

“I credit Cathy’s advice, experience and workshops in my success in growing a non-profit globally across 100 countries reaching 10 million people.”

Nick Nairn

CEO Stuart Alexanders

“Cathy has been instrumental in implementing a mindset change across my Leadership Team which has turned a legacy business into a future focused, dynamic enterprise. This has

been done in a highly collaborative way that has been fit for purpose.”

Joris Heeze

Director Google

“Cathy’s expertise on mindset and leadership leads to exceptional results. I trust Cathy because her success comes from making those she works with accountable, empowered and ready for their success. She has made me a better leader, father and friend.”

Trina Limpert

President Women@eBay; CEO RizeNext Corp

“What I learned from Cathy motivated me to create programs for women which were recognized as “Diversity Initiative of the Year” by Women in IT.”

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Janelle King

CEO Omnium Technology

“As a woman CEO in tech, Cathy helped me let go of old thinking that stopped me from learning, reflecting and growing, as there was always the next goal. Now there is no more second guessing, hiding or holding back. It’s changed the way I think, the way I view the world, and what I see is possible.”

Steve Boehm

COO Barings

“Cathy Burke reframes business leaders thinking about mindset, servant leadership, and team-based achievement. I have applied her work in three different companies across multiple cultures around the world, and this has made me a better senior leader and a more aligned complete person.”

Tania Austin

Owner and CEO, Decjuba

“I first met Cathy when I was looking to develop and open my team’s mindsets and grow their leadership capabilities. Smart, kind, and brilliant – Cathy knows her stuff. She creates the space for real, heartfelt sustainable change to happen – the type of change that is good for you, good for business and equips you for the challenges you face.”

Graeme McCormack

CEO Food Equity Group 

“Our team worked with Cathy just before being sideswiped by global pandemic and industry meltdown. We couldn’t have planned it any better! Mindset is now the cornerstone of our pivot strategy, with Cathy’s building blocks being our foundation for survival.”


In turbulent, unpredictable times, having someone who can unlock capacity and leadership in your team will give you the edge to survive and adapt.

Cathy Burke knows about leading in difficult situations. For 20 years, as the CEO for The Hunger Project Australia, and then Global Vice President, she was accountable for mobilizing the leadership, resources and commitment to end hunger across South Asia and Africa.

Globally recognised for her work, Cathy was an integral member of a visionary team who developed leadership at scale in villages all over the world. Through this, millions of the world’s poorest people stepped into their power, able to feed themselves and their families.

Like you, Cathy understands the challenges of leading people, and being accountable for budgets and delivery – especially under pressure. As a world class mindset expert, she now brings her experience to help ambitious people and organisations break through the blockages and achieve remarkable results.

Cathy is a winner of the APAC Davos leadership award, and AFR Women of Influence award. She is the author of Lead In: Mindsets to Lead, Live and Work Differently (2022), and Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom (2015).

Cathy’s clients include