Skip to main content

The explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger rocked the world. The 7 astronaut fatalities and subsequent failed missions led to senate inquiries and the eventual realisation that it was social context, and not technical incompetence, that led to this and other failures. The 4-D leadership course was designed to foster 8 key behaviours that have transformed life at NASA.

About the Leadership Course

NASA found that eight behaviours were much more important than technical ability when it came to avoiding mission failures and fatalities. Behaviours that promoted inclusion, clarity of purpose, mission and role clarity, for example, played an important role in establishing the accountability and trust required for NASA to be named Best Place to Work in federal government for the 11th year in a row.

Architected by Charlie Pellerin, the former Director of Astrophysics at NASA, the 4-Dimensional Leadership Course is critically different in that it equips leaders to create the social conditions for high performance. Updated with contemporary neuroscientific studies and simulations from the current space program, this leadership framework is peerless.

NASA 4-Dimensions Program

The Experience

Expert practitioners deliver stimulating, immersive and memorable learning experiences, using simulations drawn from the current space program. These transfer readily and are immediately applied to your workplace.  Leadership course learnings are exchanged creating rich peer-to-peer learning.

Benchmark Against NASA

The 4-D Leadership Course enables organisations to benchmark their teams against over 1,500 NASA project and engineering teams.  These comprise astronauts,  scientists, engineers and managers. We review the results with you and create a Playbook (based on the NASA version) to operationalise your behavioural insights. Typically, teams improve by 4-5% each time they benchmark the leadership course behaviours.



High Performance

Be equipped with the skills to create psychological safety and high-performing teams


Alter Social Context

Acquire the ability to recognise and shift teams away from ‘red story lines’ to reality-based optimism


Be Inspired

Take inspiration from the lessons that made NASA the Best Place to Work in Federal Government for 11 years in a row


Save Time

Establish high-performing teams without the usual ‘forming’, ‘storming’, ‘norming’ and ‘performing’ dramas


Immediate Application

Apply these behaviours to your organisation for accreditation and immediate impact


The public leadership course runs as 8 x 90 minute modules, delivered virtually, once a week. Organisations running the leadership course internally can customise the cadence and delivery to suit. In both formats, the leadership course is designed to be immersive and experiential, with participants applying new skills to real organisational challenges between sessions.

Who Should Attend?

  • HIGHLY TECHNICAL TEAMS – Technical teams (or leaders of technical teams) seeking to create the conditions for high-performance.
  • RETENTION – HR Executives seeking to build teams that increase and optimise retention
  • HOLISTIC CULTURE – Executive leaders seeking to create the conditions for high performance in their teams or the organisation as a whole.
  • FUTURE SKILLING – HR professionals refreshing, enhancing or reinventing their leadership courses to incorporate future skills.
  • TEAM ENHANCE – Teams and leaders looking to set high standards and outperform.

Upcoming NASA 4-D Leadership Courses

October 2023 Public Leadership Course

10 October – 5 December 2023

8 online sessions 90 minutes each on consecutive Tuesdays

12:00pm to 1:30pm (AEST)


$1,500 per participant

For Groups of 3 or more 10% discount applies

Get Started

Podcast on ‘How NASA Build Teams’

Related Content

What are the secrets of high-performing teams?

How does NASA create high-performing teams?

What Clients Say About the NASA 4-D Leadership Course

Thank you to the team at Crazy Might Work for the last 2 months or fantastic insights into NASA's 4-Dimensional Leadership Course, which equips leaders and high-performing teams with the ability to create the social conditions for high performance. Lots of learnings and practical examples and such a fun and different way of facilitating professional learning. Excellent course!

Head of Corporate StrategyLeading Private Health Insurer

Melanie and Paul were engaging facilitators who clearly were well versed in the NASA 4-D Leadership Course. The program was very relevant for understanding how to achieve a high performing teams and the tools discussed provided good ways to achieve this outcome for our team.


If you seriously want to learn new ways of working and are willing to think outside the inherent norms most teams operate under, you will definitely learn a lot from the course.


Lots of take home messages to apply in the workplace.


Access the NASA playbook on how to innovate and create an open culture of learning - and have some fun. This workshop is one of the best I've done, period. Deeply insightful, regenerative and providing tools that deliver the leadership narrative necessary for managing a new era of digital talent.

Senior Sales DirectorVMware