Leadership Development

Deloitte attracts a diverse group of talented, motivated, and innovative professionals. Then, we provide them with a variety of learning and networking opportunities – including exposure to leaders – to help accelerate their careers.

Along with formal leadership development programs, our professionals gain skills, connections, and visibility through work on top client engagements, networking events and career sponsorship/mentoring relationships.

An open, inclusive, and flexible culture, combined with a wide array of growth opportunities, is helping professionals take ownership of their careers – and it keeps Deloitte’s leadership pipeline full of a diverse mix of high-performing professionals. Thanks in part to Inclusion, Deloitte is a place where opportunities abound and where all leaders thrive.

Career sponsorship

Much more than mentorship, sponsorship is a critical key to success. Those who reach the top can almost always point to someone else — a sponsor — who took a vested interest in them along the way and advocated on their behalf. At Deloitte, sponsor relationships tend to happen naturally. However, research shows that some individuals are less likely to take advantage of informal networks and benefit from structured programs. So we offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities where the sponsors and coaches are held accountable for the success of the professionals assigned to them. For example, sponsorship is an important component of many of our programs.

Sponsors help our rising leaders navigate the pathways of Deloitte — and of their own careers. As advocates, they help our professionals develop leadership skills, build effective networks, and draw the right assignments to accelerate their careers.

Ellen P. Gabriel fellows program

Named after our first WIN leader, this program enables men and women high-performing senior managers to work on strategic projects to increase their understanding of our businesses, strengthen their leadership skills and build relationships with our leadership team. Fellows attend workshops taught in conjunction with Columbia Business School and the Institute for the Future.

Emerging Leaders Development Program

Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary professional development program designed to prepare high-performing minority managers and senior managers for the next stage in their careers. Developed in collaboration with Global Novations, a leading provider of diversity and inclusion strategies, ELDP uses skill-building sessions, self-assessments, 360-degree feedback, and one-on-one coaching with an external professional coach to equip promising leaders for greater responsibility. Through the intensive learning curriculum, participants explore a variety of topics, including effective development strategies, risk-taking, building professional networks, and dealing effectively with potential biases in corporate America.

Leadership development and succession

It has become well known that companies with diversity at the highest levels perform better, which is why we focus our leadership development and succession planning on preparing our future leaders, high-potential partners and principals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, for the next step in their careers. Leadership development at Deloitte offers more than standard formal training and courses: We work closely with these professionals to create individual development plans that will allow them to build networks and pursue the assignments where they will gain the experience and skills they need. These future leaders are also matched with a career sponsor, a senior Deloitte leader, to help them navigate to the next level.

Leading to WIN

The goal of Leading to WIN, an 18-month program, is to prepare experienced women partners, principals, and directors for leadership positions. Participants create their own leadership action plan for the program, under which they meet once a month with an executive coach, receive feedback from senior leaders and peers, and shadow key leaders who act as their sponsors and provide them with development opportunities.

WINning New Business

Approximately 70 high-potential women senior managers are chosen to participate in WINning New Business each year. The participants receive coaching in the areas of leadership, business development, executive presence and image, professional networking, negotiating, conflict management, and personal brand development.

WINning Career Strategies

After much success with WINning New Business, the program WINning Career Strategies was created for our women managers. This program focuses on increasing the awareness of individual strengths, building skills for career management, strengthening the sense of community between women in the practice, and taking ownership of one’s career.