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Developing Leadership in Practice (DLiP™)

Developing Leadership in Practice is a programme designed by experts in practice. It aims to help practitioners develop, project and hone the leadership qualities expected of a new or aspiring partner.

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Why attend

  • Access to an external peer network enabling the sharing of new ideas and perspectives.
  • On-going coaching and support from our practice experts.
  • Increasing confidence and capability through application of case studies.
  • Developing the skills to balance the big picture, detail, team and the individual.
  • Personal development plans for practical implementation in the firm.

Key details

Location  London 
Duration 6 months
Next start date  Spring 2015 
Cost Please register your interest for more details. Spaces are limited. 

Programme overview

Why Developing Leadership in Practice?

The future growth and profitability of your firm depends upon you, your current partners and those who will join you to drive the firm forward.

Developing Leadership in Practice (DLiP) has been designed by experts in practice specifically to help practitioners develop, project and hone the leadership qualities expected of a new or aspiring partner.

“The role of partner is a definite mind-set change and it comes down to the difference between being a manager and leader. A manager works to a defined set of principles, procedures and resources, but a partner needs to contribute ideas for the future growth and direction of the firm. DLiP has been designed to ease this transition for chartered accountants.”

Graeme Bursack, Partner, Goodman Jones LLP

Who should attend?

DLiP is designed for newly-promoted partners and senior members of staff who have been identified as having partnership potential. Participant numbers are limited to 15 per course so that our facilitators can provide one-to-one coaching and feedback.

Key learning outcomes

New entrants to the partnership team need to be:

  • commercial
  • client service focussed
  • able to build sound relationships
  • capable of solving problems and securing positive outcomes
  • an effective communicator presenting a positive image
  • a team player.

DLiP is designed to develop these leadership skills.

Business benefits

DLiP equips your next generation of partners with winning client and commercial skills through:

  • facilitating the mind-set change from manager to commercially confident leader
  • generating new ideas and perspectives to enable strategic leadership
  • balancing the multiple dimensions of leadership in a partner role
  • simulating live issues so that key skills can be practised and assessed
  • ongoing coaching for participants and feedback for the firm
  • providing the firm with credible successors.

Participant benefits

DLiP supports practitioners in developing the behaviours and capabilities for a partner role through:

  • access to an external peer network enabling the sharing of new ideas and perspectives
  • on-going coaching and support from our practice experts
  • increasing confidence and capability through application of case studies
  • developing the skills to balance the big picture, detail, team and the individual
  • personal development plans for practical implementation in the firm.
The DLiP experience

Held at approximate six-week intervals, each one-day module incorporates a practical case study or group session with the emphasis on the application of key skills.

The course is structured to allow participants to go back to their firm to prepare for the next modules with the additional benefit of one-to-one coaching calls with the course facilitators.

Participants are assessed and encouraged to keep action learning logs, which capture development opportunities and highlight strengths and areas for improvement.

On completion of all the modules, participants will be provided with a personal development plan addressing the various outcomes identified during the course.

Participants will also benefit from online support for a further six-month period from the end of the course.

Module 1
Stepping Up - Introduction
- Four roles of the partner
- The three practice drivers
- Personal development plans
- Transition from senior employee to partner
- Influencing outcomes
Module 2
Leading through challenging
- Authentic leadership
- Making the transition
- Old allegiances, new alliances
- Barriers to overcome
- Understanding and managing conflict
- Navigating difficult situations
Module 3
Working through others - Building a team
- Understanding yourself, your colleagues and your clients
- Motivating others
- Working across the organisation to get the best outcome
- Resolving problems with your clients
Module 4
Shining through excellence - Leadership excellence and influence
- Going the extra mile for your clients
- Difference between good and great
- Excellent service
Module 5
Influencing the future - Understanding your influence
- Communicating your message
- Networking
- Managing your stakeholders
- Your individual business cases
- Your future
We can customise all one-day modules for in-house delivery. Please contact us for details.
Case studies

What our delegates have to say about the DLiP course.

Andrew Mosby

Partner, Menzies LLP - DLiP participant

Andrew Mosby, DLiP participant

Q. How does DLiP differ from other leadership/training programmes you have attended?

A. DLiP examines situations very real to the role I perform as a new Partner in a mid-tier firm. It then goes beyond this, and evolves to respond to the individual needs of the participant.

Q. What do you consider to be the most valuable part of the programme?

A. The programme examines in depth how you interact with both clients and colleagues, and how people operate differently. Understanding these dynamics better means I can adapt my approach to be a more effective leader.

Q. How is the programme developing you as a leader?

A. Participating in the programme has really helped me understand how to improve in my role as Partner. I took away a personal development plan to help me progress further. I am utilising several of the management tools and I am more receptive to other ways of doing things.

Graeme Bursack

Partner, Goodman Jones LLP - DLiP sponsor 2011

In order for our practice to grow and thrive, we need to do all we can to identify and nurture our next generation of potential partners. Our CPD timetable ensures we are all up to date from a technical point of view. However, being a partner is also about developing leadership, commerciality and selling and negotiating skills necessary to drive our practice forward. We wanted a course that would provide our top talent with additional training and nurturing to complement and enhance our in-house processes in these areas.

The practice has seen several benefits as a result of attending DLiP. They are more aware of the need to market and promote themselves with both partners and clients. Their awareness has broadened out to more fully encompass the business aspects of running a practice. They are more prepared to ‘put their heads above the parapet’ in contributing their views.

I have been on a number of leadership courses over the years, but they were often too generic, and, in consequence, of less value. The DLiP course facilitators have extensive on-the-ground experience of our profession, and the issues we face in the real world. The course is therefore tailored to our needs.

Paul Hinchliffe

Partner, Harris+Co - DLiP sponsor 2011

We had been searching for some time for a suitable leadership development programme for new/potential partners – the type of course that large firms typically offer in-house. The new DLiP programme offered by the ICAEW ticked all the boxes. DLiP is specifically tailored to leadership development for new partners in practice and its practical case-study model, coupled with sharing of experiences and dedicated support between modules is ideally suited to independent firms. This is exactly the type of practical support in softer skills development that the ICAEW should be rolling out to supplement its technical support offering and we will use the programme again, without hesitation.

Steve Watson

Partner, Harris+Co - DLiP delegate 2011

The DLiP programme provides you with a real understanding of what is required to make the successful transition from senior employee to partner. All of the delegates on the programme were at similar stages in their careers and it was quite reassuring to know that there are others out there facing the same challenges associated with progression. The real value with the course was sharing thoughts with others, to hear of their experiences and the challenges that they had faced. I feel that I got a lot out of the course as it has provided me with the tools to develop further in the partner role.