About Us

The Leadership Academy is a learning experience specifically designed to enhance and develop the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Launched in 2019 by CEO Dianne Sharp, founder of business management consultancy DKS Straightforward, The Leadership Academy is a purpose-built learning environment based in the heart of Sunderland. 

A qualified accountant by trade and with over 30 years of experience of running SMEs across a variety of sectors, Dianne originally set up DKS Straightforward after recognising there was a lack of people development and businesses weren’t prioritising ‘human’ capital within their business and leadership training.  

Following our work with businesses across the UK, The Leadership Academy was born to specifically unlock the potential of leaders. 

Meet the Leadership Academy Team

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp

CEO and founder of The Leadership Academy

Jen Sharp

Course Administrator 

Sammy Sadler

Head of Communications

Why choose Leadership Academy?

Created to take leaders on a journey of discovery, The Leadership Academy offers a range of courses suitable for management at various levels including:

  • C-suite level 
  • Director level professionals (including MD) 
  • Department management  
  • Supervisor level  
  • HR (bespoke in-house packages and train-the-trainer options available)

Adopting the latest behavioural techniques of Wiley’s Everything DiSC, The Five Behaviors® Model and PXT Select, combined with authentic real-world experience, we unlock the potential of your people with our virtual or in-person sessions.  

Discover. Learn. Challenge. 

Fancy working with us?

We are often looking for coaches, facilitators and speakers to join our consulting team. Get in touch with us on enquiries@theleadershipacademy.uk for more information.

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