The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017

13th November 2018


Muscle Building for Leaders - Sharron Gunn Executive Director ICAEW

Muscle Building for Leaders - Sharron Gunn Executive Director ICAEW

03 Dec 2013

Imagine you had spent your early professional training learning rules, techniques and formulae and all your subsequent professional life applying them rigorously.

Then imagine someone told you that to lead people effectively, you needed to let go of the rulebooks and give control to others.

Focussing on that very transition – one that turns managers into leaders – is what turns a good professional into an inspirational leader and ensures the success and sustainability of the business. Without strong leadership and guidance a business will not drive forward, will not manage the budgets and will not innovate – all essential tools for a sustainable business.

Becoming a leader means giving others the leeway and the resources they need to carry out tasks, and letting them take care of the detail. It requires a leap of faith, but creates a virtuous circle. As you show more trust and grant more autonomy managers will grow and develop and you and they become more confident. It results in strong development both for you as leader and for your team.

The Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN), the ICAEW’s business leadership programmes for aspiring CFOs helps future leaders to muscle-up and refine the ‘value-added’ skills crucial for securing a board level leadership role.

F-TEN is a peer to peer network designed to drive succession planning, carer development and ultimately, business growth. It offers delegates the opportunity to prepare for a functional leadership role with the support of a mentor and their peer group.

Key benefits are;

  • Access to an elite network of cross-industry peers
  • One to one mentoring with current CFOs, CEOs, NEDs and Chairman in companies including Alliance Trust, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail, BT and British American Tobacco
  • Opportunity to bring external, commercial and international perspectives to your leadership through the workshops and peer learning  

Want to develop your in-house talent, or wish to be a participant on F-TEN? To arrange a place on the next programme, find out about the nominations process at




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