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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 in honing, projecting and developing the leadership skills and qualities expected of someone new in the role and ready to take on the challenge or looking for a promotion to partner.

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What past delegates have to say about the programme

Sue has been a really great coach - I can't praise her enough for her invaluable advice, guidance and support!

Development Programme Overview


DLiPTM is a four-month development programme. Through workshops, real life scenarios, peer learning, self-reflection, personal assessments, and one-on-one coaching, participants will learn the essential skills, capabilities and behaviours required to be an inspiring leader. The development programme structure allows participants the time and space to focus and reflect, enabling you to develop your leadership skills and embed in your role.

DLiPTM gives delegates the opportunity to be coached by an experienced practice leader. Our coaches have been selected for their extensive experience, leadership capability and commitment to people development.

This programme will give you 36 CPD hours in total.

  • Key details
    • Duration: Four months
    • Location: The development programme takes place in person at Chartered Accountants' Hall, London
    • Start date: DLiP™ Autumn: 14 September 2023 Cohort 1, sold out. 19 September 2023 Cohort 2, sold out

    Enquire now for the Spring and Autumn 2024 cohorts

  • Participant profile
    Participants are typically less than 18 months into their first partner role or are one or two career stages away. 
  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator)
    Participants will complete the MBTI assessment and gain deep, constructive insight into themselves: how they take in information; make decisions; adapt their behaviour in different environments - and how they can use the results to maximise performance. 
  • Practical workshops

    DLiP™  workshops focus on the core challenges Partner’s face – enabling participants to prepare and practise in a free environment. 

    There are four workshops:

    1. Ready for partnership
    2. You, as a leader
    3. In service to clients
    4. A sustainable future
  • 180-day plan

    Participants create their 180-day plan during the programme and add new elements along the way. The plan aims to identify specific activities, behaviours and priorities participants want to address during the programme. After the development programme is complete participants will then present their 180-day plan to their sponsors.

  • Learning from peers
    Throughout the programme, participants will share the challenges they are experiencing with developing leadership skills in a confidential, supportive environment with peers.
  • One to one from a professional coach

    Throughout the development programme participants will have three one-hour sessions with an experienced coach.

    Coaches are there for you to share your work challenges and work with them to overcome these challenges.

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Coaches and facilitators

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Cath Harries

An Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with over twenty years’ experience working with global bluechip companies, public organisations and high-profile charities including PwC, Cancer Research UK, Barclays, The Prince’s Trust, War Child, CISCO and NATO. Cath is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) at ICAEW with the International Coaching Federation, and is certified in Standout and Strengths based coaching. She is both an NLP and MBTI practitioner, and draws on her Somatic Coaching practice – helping clients step out of autopilot to reconnect with the present.

Sue Mitchell, DLiP coach

Sue Mitchell ACA

An accredited and highly experienced executive coach and facilitator with 25 years experience within the Professional Services sector. She supports leaders and teams across organisations to drive forward personal, team and organisational change, with a deep understanding of the leadership needs and strategic challenges that they face. Sue began her professional career as an auditor and corporate tax advisor before moving into leadership development. As well as being a senior coach and Head of Coaching within KPMG, she has also worked with the ICAEW for over 10 years, supporting a wide range of coaching, leadership and development programs.


Benefits for organisations

Proactively build a pipeline of credible successors for partner roles
Building credible successors by developing leadership skills needed for partners to run, lead and grow the firm
Creating space to focus on challenges and opportunities within the profession at that time
Share approaches of other practices and learn from fellow practitioners
Prepare partners to tackle strategic challenges

Benefits for participants

Understand what it means to be a partner and the mindset required to lead a firm
Understand your unique strengths and how to apply them for success in the partner role
Developing leadership skills to lead and inspire teams, grow clients and develop strategy
A peer network that offers challenge/support and builds your resilience and confidence
1:1 coaching to develop a clear vision and strategy for how you will add value as partner


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To find out more information call us on +44 (0)20 7920 3509 or register your interest below.

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