Top sportsmen and women recognise the need to keep their skills finely tuned through training and coaching. In business the same principle applies. Managers, who keep their skills up to date and monitor their progress, are the ones who get ahead.
The leadership short courses curriculum is available to study in-house as standalone units, tailored to your specific requirements. The courses outlined below can be delivered in a one or two-day format.
They are designed to enable participants to develop their talents, learn new skills and approaches, review and refresh existing ones and continue to refine their performance as leaders.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) for Leaders
Research indicates that top performing leaders exhibit high emotional intelligence. They are more responsive to the pace of change in organisations, thrive in a range of different situations and cope with stress more effectively.
This course focuses particularly on the application of EI for managers and leaders.
Participants will learn to understand their own behaviour, how this affects others and how to harness the power of their emotions to influence and motivate those they lead more successfully.
They will learn how to give feedback, handle sensitive and challenging situations with more confidence, and how to build relationships which enable them to lead more effectively.
Enhanced Communication and Influencing Skills for Leadership
Flatter structures and more fluid reporting arrangements requires good communication skills and the ability to influence where there is no direct line of authority. Securing commitment and getting things done in a timely manner is down to our ability to influence others effectively.
The course allows participants to reflect on their current ability to build relationship and to consider how effective they think they are influencing upwards, with their peers and direct reports.
It tackles the barriers to successful influencing – ‘how we can get in our own way’ – and provides opportunity for people to learn techniques to gain commitment and co-operation.
This course is ideal for people wishing to develop their communication skills, those who are leading on cross-functional projects or working within a multi-agency environment.
Leading Organisational Change
Leading Organisational Change offers the opportunity to look at how the organisation currently manages change.
Gaining valuable insights from this exercise the participants then explore frameworks, models and perspectives that can be applied immediately to increase the successful implementation of change within the organisation. Participants work on real life change initiatives.
The organisation benefits as managers enhance their ability to become effective change catalysts. Working with colleagues from different departments also enables a more considered, systemic and collaborative approach to organisational change.
Leading in Multi-Agency Partnerships
The growth of multi-lateral partnerships that cut across the public, private and not for profit sector is likely to continue as successive governments require more innovative ways of working to achieve more for less.
Yet the extent to which real teamwork does happen in these cross sector partnerships is debatable as an emphasis on performance management has, in many instances, provided a disincentive to partnership working at anything other than a superficial level in the public sector.
Ensuring that partnerships overcome the challenges of working with different organisational cultures, organisational competitiveness, the challenges of sharing information, pooling budgets and other resources requires a level of visionary and collaborative leadership, and the ability to lead in complex situations.
This course is designed for;
- managers within an organisation to develop the right leadership approach and skills for partnership working
- managers from different agencies who are brought together to learn how best to transform their partnership into one that is truly collaborative and enabling for both the larger and smaller partners.
Using a diagnostic tool, participants can review the health and effectiveness of current partnerships and explore aspects of culture and communication, leadership, trust, learning and managing for performance.
Developing the Art of Managing Performance
Performance management when developed appropriately is a strategic process, integrating aspects of the business, teams and individuals. It is a developmental process and, when working at its best, encourages individuals to behave in ways that foster better working relationships and improved organisational performance.
A performance management culture is influenced by the leaders and managers in an organisation. Indeed it has been suggested that
‘the success of a performance management system is almost wholly reliant on the way it is handled by a manager’. (Kinnie et al 2005)
If handled badly it is a process that often creates negative feelings amongst employees and can be counter-productive.
The course will explore;
- the skills and tools to help organisation improve the process of performance management and move it away from being seen as a compliance task
- the communication and feedback skills required to conduct meaningful conversations
- coaching skills to work on issues before they become major problems
- how to motivate teams and individuals to improve organisational performance.
Presentation and Public Speaking Skills for Leaders
Leaders are expected to make powerful presentations and present with confidence and clarity, whether they are motivating teams within their organisation or promoting or selling their organisation externally.
Your organisation may well be judged on the performance of your spokesperson, so investment in the development of highly competent presenters or public speakers is likely to give you a more competitive edge.
This practical course will develop the confidence and skill amongst participants to deliver audience-centred presentations where they can communicate relevant information in an engaging manner that is not reliant on endless PowerPoint slides.
They will learn how to;
- get their message across with flair and professionalism
- build rapport
- understand the importance of body language and voice tone when speaking and presenting
- prepare and structure short speeches & presentations
- answer questions concisely and effectively
Presentation Skills and Media Skills training can also be delivered in one to one coaching sessions for more senior managers.