Leadership and management isn’t easy. Learning a management theory is great, yet translating this into performance is what matters.
Studying an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) qualification certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. It will not only improve your performance as a manager, but it will also increase your employability and enhance your career prospects further.
ILM assessments focus on delivering practical skills and knowledge directly into the workplace. The qualification is founded on work-based learning, with assessments based on projects that relate to the employer, and ensure learning is relevant and applied.
ILM qualifications start at Level 2, (ideally for team leaders) and follow to Level 7 (suited to senior managers) and each level can be achieved at Award, Certificate or Diploma status depending on the number of credits gained.
So what are the benefits of studying an ILM qualification?
The ILM qualification gives you a range of key management skills and techniques to drive better results in the workplace. Building your leadership capabilities, allowing you to motivate and engage teams and manage relationships confidently.
ILM is an incredibly useful qualification as it enables you to undertake units which either you or your employer think are needed in order to suit your requirements and particular skills gap. ILM provides a broad range of optional units, therefore it is a qualification which can be tailored to your organisation’s learning and developmental needs. Set by a series of levels and regulatory frameworks, the qualifications increase with complexity and knowledge as you develop through the framework.
A qualification that grows and develops with you, it allows you to develop as a manager and diversify your skills according to.
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By Oxford Dictionary’s definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’. The benefits of being resilient are endless. Resilient staff cope better with the demands and stresses of a modern workplace, such as difficult people, tight deadlines and hefty workloads.
Although resilience is not something you are either born with or without, we can all develop resilience through learning new habits and developing strategies.
Here are four tips to help you become more resilient at work:
Make connections and build relationships.
Good relationships with family, friends and work colleagues are important. Resilient people will reach out and ask for help without feeling inadequate or intimidated. Accepting help and support from a strong network strengthens your resilience.
Use setbacks as learning experiences.
Highly resilient people are open to trying new things and will view the occasional failure as an essential stage in the process of achieving final success. It has been noted throughout history that successful men and women all face setbacks but it’s how they persistently overcome those setbacks which inevitably makes them successful.
In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.
You can’t change the fact that highly stressful situations happen, however, if a problem occurs during your day, use it as a learning experience to develop and practice new skills and be aware of how you respond to the problem. Being emotionally intelligent and aware of your emotions will help you to manage them more appropriately.
Practice realistic optimism.
An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Being a realistic optimist encourages self-control and control over interpersonal relationships. Try visualising what you want, and creating action plans on how you’re going to achieve it, rather than worrying about what you fear. Thinking positive and having confidence in your abilities helps build resilience.
Take care of yourself.
Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.
Leadership is established over time through teaching, learning and experience and is a set of skills acquired, which when combined; equip you with the ability to lead a team to success.
Consider these 6 behaviours to become an effective leader.
• Self-Awareness of your strengths and weaknesses allows you to understand other people and how they perceive you. This in turn increases trust and credibility within your team. It also allows you to implement change effectively within your organisation.
• Listening not only is essential part of communication between you and your team, it also develops trust, enhances motivation and helps detect and solve problems faster.
• Commitment to advance the welfare of employees. Dedicate time to developing your employee’s skills, through coaching, mentoring and training, to help them become better leaders.
• Empathy not only to identify with others but to accept what others contribute to the company.
• Persuasion will influence many stakeholders to follow a course of action. Having influencing skills will assist with organisational change and development.
• Foresight allows leaders to analyse the past to make informed decisions for the future.
Each person embodies at least some leadership qualities; it is how you use and adapt these that determines your success.
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Have you ever considered your own leadership style? According to findings, there are four fundamental leadership styles, these being Pragmatist, Idealist, Steward and Diplomat. Leaders can be effective or ineffective with each of these four styles, and there are vast amounts of subtle variations which can determine what kind of a leader a person is.
We take a look at the defining features of all four categories – Can you identify your leadership style?
• High standards and expect themselves and their employees to meet those
• Driven and competitive
• Bold thinkers
• Least common of all leadership styles.
• High-energy achievers
• Believe in the positive potential of everyone
• Want to learn and grow
• Open minded
• Prize creativity from themselves and others.
• Loyal and helpful
• Values rules, process and cooperation
• Stabilising and calming.
• Kind, social and giving
• Typically develop deep personal bonds with their employees
• Resolve conflicts peacefully
• Socially adept.
There isn’t a correct style of leadership and it certainly cannot be defined into a specific role. Often leaders today take defining features from each style in order to develop their own leadership style and capabilities. It’s incredibly important to understand your own style as you can then start to think about how to develop this further to achieve even greater results.
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From time to time, we all have to manage a difficult employee, colleague or client. Sometimes it’s a personality clash, other times it’s a more complex issue. Often, a problem is easy to solve as long as you don’t shy away from it and when issues arise, face them head on.
Prepare for emotion.
In the work place, often emotion isn’t considered, however emotion is only natural. Many people find it difficult to approach general emotions such as crying and anger so ensure you have a strategy in place for each. It may be also worth considering developing your emotional intelligence too. Expecting emotions is often better than dealing with them when they have taken you by surprise.
It’s not you, it’s the situation.
Difficult situations at work are rarely about you personally and instead, they are about the situation. Remember, people deal with situations very differently. What may cause angst and stress with one person, may not affect the other. Don’t take things personally, there is always a practical solution.
Listen – it’s important
It’s important to understand what the other person is saying. Exercise an active listening approach. By acknowledging their concerns, you are able to see their perspective. Take a conservative approach and try not to let opinions and false information get in the way. Remember, you are looking for a resolution and to banish negativity. Be calm and assertive at all times and if you are unsure, speak to someone trusted for advice.
Leave your door open.
We can all say things by mistake or in the heat of the moment, therefore ensure that if a colleague does change their mind they can do this with their dignity intact. Showing people up in front of others isn’t good practice and this will only lead to long-term negativity. Giving people the opportunity to calm down, apologise or explain is good, yet don’t let this be a regular occurrence. Remember to be vigilant as you may get taken for granted.
Think about others.
If you feel that your own manager is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with, try to understand what stresses they may have. Managing your own time effectively will show your manager that you are capable and they don’t have to watch over you, therefore reliving stress. You can also take an interest in what is going on within work and whether they require any additional help.
When a situation becomes heated, it is important to take a break. A break allows you to regain control before things become too heated or emotional. Suggest getting a coffee, taking a walk and return to discussing the situation in a calmer manner.
Responsibility of a manager.
You need to ensure that you have handled things in a positive, calm and rational manner. Remember, a manager is judged not only on their own performance, but also on how they interact and get the best out others.
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