As the Lead Consultant at EEF for accredited management, leadership and coaching programmes Gill designs and delivers bespoke qualification programmes for organisations in a variety of industry sectors. Her passion, extensive experience and commitment to learning and development ensures that courses are informative, enjoyable and relate to business goals, so new knowledge and skills result in proven enhanced performance back in the workplace. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and for many years was part of the CMI local management team in the North West.
Qualifications for professionals in all walks of life are important, but especially so for leaders and managers because they achieve their potential and results through other people. Those of us who’ve worked for managers who were technically able but not very good at the ‘people side’ of the role will have experienced the frustration of not being valued or recognised through lack of feedback or communication. However, self-motivated we are this is eventually translated into reduced performance or worse still an exit strategy so the organisation loses a valuable asset but retains the major contributor to the problem.
However, in these challenging times it is equally important to invest wisely, so if considering the needs of leaders and managers it generally means accredited training. This is very cost effective if carefully researched and planned so another truth eloquently summed up by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) is also valid – ‘There’s one thing worse than training people up and them leaving and that’s not training them up and them staying!’
Good accredited programmes are well researched so deliver core knowledge and skills your managers and leaders will need to be effective. In addition, they have clear guidelines to help you select the right programme for individuals at different stages in their career; for example, Level 2 qualifications are aimed at team or cell leaders and Level 5 at middle managers who have a wider breadth and greater depth of management responsibilities.
Essentially, some of the immediate benefits of accredited development programmes are:
- The contents of the programme are relevant to the current challenges faced by organisations and will provide the skills to use proven tools and techniques to improve performance and productivity.
- Learning is assessed so success is rewarded with a certificate of achievement – evidence that managers have the knowledge, confidence and skills to be effective within their role.
- In-house programmes offer the opportunity to select topics that add value to current organisation training or can be used to design an inspiring management development programme.
- Assignments are work-based so offer a visible return on investment as learning is directly applied to the workplace.
So, if you’re looking to book some training here are some quick tips to help:
- Look at what you need your managers to do and review how well equipped they are.
- Identify the gaps and decide what can be filled by training and development.
- Set some priorities and review internal delivery capabilities to identify what external support you need.
We are very experienced at helping organisations go through the above steps so please contact us on 0845 293 9850 if you want to explore some specific development needs or simply want to find out more about accredited management and leadership training.
In my next blog we will look at the benefits of coaching and how organisations can support a coaching culture by equipping their managers with some simple tools and techniques.