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Finance Leadership (1 day)

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Rising to the challenge of the new decade is going to need everything the finance leader can bring to the table. The 2020s are bringing an unprecedented rate of change, and you are right in the middle of it. It’s going to require every business skill you’ve learned and quite a few new ones too. This interactive one-day programme takes the lid off the skills you will need.

The course provides a broad overview of skills you need to lead your business team through a range of challenges the business faces in the 2020s. We look at why financial statements and the underlying accounting systems don’t provide the most useful information for decision making and consider what you need in addition. We consider why an economic rather than an accounting model of the business can provide the financial information the management team really needs. We look at the role of the finance professional in setting strategy and business plans and consider why a clear strategy and business plan is vital to just about everything you do. Continued business growth is vital these days and we look at the levers ay your disposal to influence the bottom line and not just report it.

At the end of this seminar participants you will:

    • Have an overview of the challenges facing the finance leader and their team in the 2020’s
    • Gained an understanding of your own preparedness to meet those challenges
    • Identified the priorities for your own development
    • Identified the areas where your business could benefit most
    • Understood the conversations that need to take place between you and the business team

Please note that this course is part of a larger, week-long course. See here for more details.

Please note that this course is one in a series of management accounting titles. See all related courses below:

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the challenge for finance in a rapidly changing world
  • To understand the wide variety of skills that are needed to be a visionary finance leader
  • To understand the need for agility in the new world
  • To understand the problems and limitations of traditional accounting information, financial reporting and budget management
  • To understand your role in setting strategy, and how strategy underpins just about everything you do.

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at the business finance leader. You are likely to:

  • Have responsibility for developing plans and budgets and reporting business results to your management team
  • Provide financial advice and decision support to your business team


  • The many roles of the finance leader
  • Why traditional accounts and budgets aren’t helpful
  • Understanding the economics of the business
  • The 7 levers of business growth
  • The importance of a clear business strategy
  • Creating the right business culture
  • Providing the right information to the business team
  • Supporting the investment decision
  • Being efficient and effective in an ever-changing world

Teaching Method

  • Group live instruction and illustrative examples
  • Review & interpretation of financial information to illustrate key points
  • Interactive participation will be encouraged
  • All participants will receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.


Our seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

CPE/CPD Accreditation

IASeminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Field of study: Accounting


A grounding in financial management information will be useful on this course.