L2 This code refers to content for Level 2 Developing (3-10 yrs PQE) in leadership skills ? Leadership skills

What do they look like?

You may have headed some projects and gained experience with activities outside your working life, all of which add to your judgement.

Your leadership skills are your ability to influence those around you - to inspire, guide, and support


Team leadership - What are the landmarks?

  • Provide clear direction and priorities to a team
  • Delegate authority to match responsibility and hold staff accountable for successful execution
  • Organise teamwork to encourage co-operation and bring together complementary skills and expertise

Mentoring and coaching - What are the landmarks?

  • Be able to mentor and coach others with a view to developing them

Diplomatic sensitivity/emotional intelligence - What are the landmarks?

  • Be aware of the impact your behaviours are having on others and be able to read and adjust to the behaviours of others appropriately

Agile thinking - What are the landmarks?

  • Identify and consider emerging development opportunities and risks when articulating new options and recommendations
  • Maintain a broad, strategic perspective while identifying and focussing on crucial details

Strategic networking - What are the landmarks?

  • Identify and create opportunities to initiate new partnerships that will facilitate the achievement of goals

Organisational alignment - What are the landmarks?

  • Promote a shared understanding of the organisation's needs and strategic direction to motivate your teams

Development activities

How can you get there?

Here are our suggestions for boosting your skills in the three main areas at this stage of your career.
Don't forget, many of these are FREE!

  • Continue to refer to this Career Pathway template to set goals, improve performance and identify gaps
  • Continue to use the free Chartered Accountants Ireland career coaching services
  • Join a Chartered Accountants Ireland Committee - like the Young Professionals or your District Society
  • Become involved in your District society
  • Attend Chartered Accountants Ireland society and committee events
  • Do some more CPD training in soft skills/people management
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Join a representative industry group
  • Coach or involve yourself with sports teams
  • Watch relevant YouTube videos and Tedtalks
  • Read articles in the Harvard Business Review
  • Get board experience - volunteer on a board
  • Complete psychometric testing to better understand your personality traits and skills
  • Seek 360 degree feedback in the workplace
  • Create and manage your professional brand
  • Have a professional presence on LinkedIn
  • Learn about emotional intelligence and develop yours

Career support

As a member at any stage in your career from newly qualified to post-retirement, our career service is here to support you. In full confidence, we'll coach you, help with your CV, give interview preparation tips, set up mentoring, help you find a role, or to find the best staff. Call us anytime you need us on +353 1 637 7331 or email us at careers@charteredaccountants.ie. We want to hear from you.


Courses & publication

Recommended specialist qualifications

Title Date (closing application)
Certificate in Leadership Essentials 14 Sept 2018 Read more
Diploma in Strategic Finance and Analytics 14 Sept 2018 Read more
Diploma in Risk Management, Internal Audit and Compliance 5 Oct 2018 Read more

Recommended CPD courses

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CPD Blitz Waterford06 Dec 2018 8Read more
CPD Blitz Cork05 Dec 2018 8Read more
Developing High Performance Teams05 Dec 2018 4Read more
CPD Blitz Limerick04 Dec 2018 8Read more
CPD Blitz Galway28 Nov 2018 8Read more
CPD Blitz Sligo27 Nov 2018 8Read more
Practical Influence & Persuasion Skills (What's in it for me)27 Nov 2018 4Read more
Mindfulness and resilience FULL BOOKED22 Nov 2018 7Read more
People and performance management FULLY BOOKED22 Nov 2018 7Read more

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Further resources

Content coming soon!