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.Register your interest
|Next start dates||17 May 2016
15 September 2016
|Cost||Please register your interest for more details. Spaces are limited.|
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
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.
New entrants to the partnership team need to be:
DLiP is designed to develop these leadership skills.
DLiP equips your next generation of partners with winning client and commercial skills through:
DLiP supports practitioners in developing the behaviours and capabilities for a partner role through:
Held at approximate four-week intervals, each one-day module incorporates practical exercises, group discussions and case-studies with the emphasis on the application of key skills.
At the start, delegates will construct a set of objectives to be achieved while on DLiP, as well as a personal 180-day plan. This plan will be developed and refined during their time on DLiP, and will be presented back to the group and their sponsoring partner back at their firm at the end of the programme.
DLiP is structured to enable participants to go back to their firm and start using their new tools and techniques, and to prepare for the next modules with the additional benefit of one-to-one coaching calls with facilitator.
ICAEW encourages the delegates to keep in touch with the network of peers they are introduced to during the programme, to ensure that the sharing of knowledge, successes and challenges continues long after their time on DLiP has finished.
|Ready for partnership||- What does being a partner mean?
- Becoming more strategic
- New and changing priorities
- Knowing yourself and others
|Internal relations||- You as a leader
- Your vision
- Mobilising others
- Giving and receiving feedback
|Building the business||- Business development
- Being commercial
- Your impact
- Your focus
|Managing your impact||- Stakeholder management
- Articulating your vision and plan
- Next 180 days
|We can customise all one-day modules for in-house delivery. Please contact us for details.|
What our delegates have to say about the DLiP course.
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.
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.
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.
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.