I’m excited to announce that the Managing Partners’ Forum has just launched a series of six modules for an innovative leadership development programme for firm-wide leaders of small and medium sized professional services firms. Versions for divisional, functional and aspiring leaders are expected in 2024. I have supported Richard Chaplin at the Managing Partners’ Forum since June 2022 on the research, feasibility, design and development of the programme – and discussions with six amazing speakers – so it is gratifying to see the finished product! So here is an overview of the new Leadership Development Programme from the Managing Partners’ Forum – Consensus through Collaboration.

Why is the Managing Partners’ Forum Leadership Development programme different?

  • It fills the critical gaps in leadership programmes
  • Is developed and delivered by world-class programme leaders with experience of professional services firms
  • Each module centres on a high-quality, interactive, half-day, in-person workshop with between eight and 12 participants
  • Each workshop is within a two-day programme of activities undertaken at the leaders’ own pace
  • Modules include obligatory and optional learning activities embedded within an innovative online system – People Alchemy | Automated Learning Workflow Platform – which allows measurement of the financial gain from learning
  • The fee includes access to assessments, articles and books by the programme leaders and other learning resources
  • It offers pathways to highly regarded leadership qualifications – specifically the Institute of Directors Chartered Director qualification
  • Provides an opportunity to work with leaders of professional services firms – sharing ideas and views in a confidential and comfortable environment

How does this Leadership Development programme work?

Each module comprises a half-day, in-person workshop with a minimum of eight and no more than 12 participants (a maximum of two people from any one firm).

To maximise the learning transfer, leaders are guided through a series of obligatory and optional assessments and activities before (Prepare), during the workshop (Participate) and after (Activate) which they tackle in their own time, at their own pace.

All learning resources and activities are within an innovative online learning transfer platform – People Alchemy | Automated Learning Workflow Platform

This means that the learning in a four-hour workshop is supplemented with up to 12 additional hours of learning. 

What are the Leadership Development modules?

There are four core modules and two optional modules:

Core Modules Components Facilitator
Emotional Intelligence – The skills that matter most for effective leadership Use EQ to lead, engage and succeed as quickly and as powerfully as possible

Addresses self-awareness, emotional regulation, adaptability and persuasive communication

EQ-I 2.0 Emotional Intelligence online assessment

Philip Gimmack | LinkedIn
Building Vision and Strategy – Leadership and Change Understand the processes that underpin the development and realisation of vision and strategy

Tools to assess competitive context, develop compelling visions and actionable strategies

Explore the role of leaders and ways in which they can effect change and deliver sustainable competitive advantage

Andrew Hedley | LinkedIn
The Management Shift for Individual and Organisational Transformation Introduce a three-month transformation programme in your firm to achieve organisational culture excellence

Based on the award-winning book “The Management Shift” (Five levels of individual and organisational culture and Six box leadership model)

Evidence-based models and assessments achieve leadership excellence in human resource strategies

Professor Vlatka Ariaana Hlupic | LinkedIn
Developing internal relationships – The Connected Leader Focus on internal relationships and building collaboration

Practical advice on how to deepen professional relationships for fewer silos, increased collaboration and reduced conflict

Professional relationships self-assessment, role-related objectives and stakeholders

Andy Lopata | LinkedIn
Optional modules
Board simulation – An Introduction to the IoD Certificate in Company Direction Innovative, experiential Board simulation workshop providing insight and practice in Board director knowledge, skills and mindset

A practical taster for the Institute of Director’s Certificate in Company Direction tailored to professional services firms

Understand the director’s role in Finance, Strategy, Leadership, Risk, Governance and assess director competencies and assimilate large volumes of data in a professional service firm case study

Paul Munden Cedar | LinkedIn
Digital Transformation Fastrack for Leaders Practical guide to Digital Transformation and the role of leadership

Explore what drives the need for transformation, how technology is a transformation catalyst and what digital transformation really means in practice

Audit organisations across 14 areas of capability and build digital transformation plans

Daniel Rowles | LinkedIn


2023 Leadership Development programme dates


Module Firm wide leaders Functional leaders
Emotional Intelligence – The skills that matter most for effective leadership Friday 15th September Thursday 21st September
Building Vision and Strategy – Leadership and Change Friday 22nd September Friday 6th October
The Management Shift for individual and Organisational Transformation Thursday 5th October Monday 23rd October
Developing internal relationships – The Connected Leader Thursday 23rd November Wednesday 29th November
Board simulation – An Introduction to the IoD Certificate in Company Direction Thursday 2nd November Thursday 14th December
Digital Transformation Fastrack for Leaders


Wednesday 20th September Wednesday 27th September

There are discounts for multiple bookings and members of the Managing Partners’ Forum.

Requests for further information about the Managing Partners’ Forum leadership development – full descriptions of the modules and prices for 2023 should be emailed to mpf@pmint.co.uk Telephone +44 (0)20 7786 9786

The PDF describing the programme is available here New Leadership Development Programme from the Managing Partners’ Forum – Consensus through Collaboration

Managing Partners’ Forum (mpfglobal.com)

People Alchemy | Automated Learning Workflow Platform

Institute of Directors | Business Networking, Events & Training (iod.com)

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