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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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F-TEN® is made up of five key elements which run in parallel over six months. This ensures that participants have the time to learn, reflect and apply their knowledge and skills with support from fellow participants, their mentor, sponsor and our expert facilitators. The primary focus is developing the ‘value-added’ skills crucial for securing a board-level leadership role.

F-TEN® gives delegates the unique opportunity to be mentored by an experienced board-level leader from a large listed or private company. Our mentors have been selected for their extensive business experience, leadership capability and commitment to people development.

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  • CFO assessment

    The CFO assessment analyses participant’s role readiness. 

    At the start of F-TEN, participant’s capabilities are benchmarked. Our F-TEN facilitators will then identify areas of improvement and work with participants to close any gaps. 

  • Practical simulation workshops

    F-TEN workshops simulate the core challenges CFOs face – enabling participants to prepare and practise in a consequence free environment. 

    There are four workshops:

    1. Driving better business decisions
    2. How to influence your businesses agenda
    3. How to lead a finance function
    4. Innovate, transform, and grow your business

    For a more detailed overview of the workshops. Please enquire. 

  • External input from C-suite experts

    Throughout the programme participants will learn from CFOs/ CEOs/ COOs across various industries. Our C-suite experts will share their experiences and examples of how they have overcome some of the challenges participants will face in their career.

  • Peer learning groups

    Throughout the programme, you will share your challenges with your peers in a confidential, supportive environment. Your peers will provide you with insightful, objective viewpoints that will allow you to tackle the problem from a different perspective.

  • Personal one to one guidance from a professional coach or mentor

    Throughout the programme you will have six 90-minute sessions, booked around your schedule with an experienced coach or mentor. 

    These professionals are there to impart their invaluable wisdom and help you navigate current and future work challenges. 

    You will choose who you partner with, with the guidance of the ICAEW programme manager.  

Overview

DLiPTM is a four-month programme. Through workshops, case studies, peer learning, self-reflection, personal assessments, and one-on-one coaching, participants will learn the essential skills, capabilities and behaviours required to be a commercially confident partner in the digital age. The programme structure allows participants the time and space to focus, reflect, and practise while they perform their daily duties.

DLiPTM gives delegates the unique 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.

  • Key details
    • Duration: Four months
    • Location: The programme takes place in person at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, London
    • Start date:
      DLiP Spring cohort 1 (Face to face) - March, May, June, July
      DLiP Spring cohort 2 (Face to face) - April, May, June, July
  • 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 simulate the core challenges Partner’s face – enabling participants to prepare and practise in a consequence 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 form their 180-day plan before the programme starts, and continuously add new elements during the programme. The plan aims to identify specific activities, behaviours and priorities participants want to address during the programme. After the programme is complete participants will then present their 180-day plan to their sponsors. 

     
  • Learning from peers
    Throughout the programme, participants will share their challenges with their peers in a confidential, supportive environment. Peers provide participants with insightful, objective viewpoints that will allow them to tackle the problem from a different perspective.
  • Personal one to one guidance from a professional coach

    Throughout the programme participants will have four one-hour sessions, booked around their schedule with an experienced coach. 

    Coaches are there to impart their invaluable wisdom and help participants navigate current and future work challenges. 

     
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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

With over 10 years’ experience as an in-house executive coach within KPMG, Sue has coached extensively on a wide range of areas including the development of the talent population, leadership skills, and transition into senior roles. She is an experienced facilitator, having developed and run a wide range of skill-based workshops.