Australia: Building better leaders in the mid-tier space
Last Updated: 17 January 2012

Queensland accountants are set to be better equipped with leadership and management skills, with the introduction of an innovative new training program.

Moore Stephens Queensland, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) have developed the Leadership Management Program, a first-time initiative for mid-tier accounting practices.

The Leadership Management Program (LMP) is an integrated program aimed at developing leaders at Moore Stephens Queensland, and equipping senior accountants through to Principals with a tool kit of leadership and management skills.

Moore Stephens Queensland has signed agreements with both QUT and AIM to deliver the program over a 3 year period and beyond, with QUT to provide training at the Executive and Principal level, while AIM programs will be focussed on the Senior Accountant to Manager Levels.

The LMP program is seen as a significant investment for Moore Stephens Queensland as a business, for their current employees and for the attraction of quality staff to the firm.

Mr Ken Pickard, Managing Director of Moore Stephens Queensland, said the program builds on the already strong relationship the firm has with QUT, following a number of joint initiatives in the past.

"Because of our long standing partnership on other programs, it was an obvious choice for us to invite QUT to partner with us for such an important management initiative," Mr Pickard said.

Peter Little, Executive Dean of QUT Business School said, "QUT Business School is proud to extend our long standing partnership with Moore Stephens by delivering its leadership development program to Executives and Principals."

"By designing the program collaboratively, we were able to incorporate the appropriate blend of communications, strategy and leadership to meet Moore Stephens business needs."

Vivienne Anthon, CEO from AIM also commented on the partnership, "The Australian Institute of Management QLD and NT (AIM) is very excited to be working with Moore Stephens Queensland to create a highly customised and contextualised management and leadership development program. "

"AIM firmly believes in the premise that better managers make better companies and we as an organisation are committed to supporting growing QLD companies such as Moore Stephens Queensland to develop managers and ultimately leaders across all levels of the organisation. "

"AIM in QLD has a rich history (60 years this year) of developing new supervisors and line managers across a range of industries and professions and look forward to creating high end leaders with Moore Stephens Queensland," Ms Anthon said.

Mr Pickard said the decision to partner with leading training providers to deliver quality corporate education is a positive move for the firm, given increasing competition across the mid tier market, and is part a long term plan for Moore Stephens Queensland marking a change in the firm's organisational culture.

"In business today, it is essential we are up skilling our employees with leadership and management techniques early in their careers. "

"By kicking this program off at our Senior Accountant level, we aim to retain our qualified staff and develop well rounded leaders for our future," said Mr Pickard.

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