We offer a whole range of development solutions to help you and your team to become better leaders. Our approach is to differentiate the content of our programmes depending upon the leadership level. We find that new team leaders or aspiring managers have a thirst to learn ‘how to’ lead and manage. We notice that middle managers want to find out more and build upon their experiences. Executive leaders and directors want to to explore new approaches and be sure that their organisations are able to use the theories and concepts that we offer. Typically we provide the following (but not limited to):
- For aspiring managers: an introduction to team leading skills including an exploration of the role of a team leader and different leadership styles, how to plan and organise workload,
- For middle / experienced managers: how to deal with challenging performance issues, how to have difficult conversations, how to problem solve and make difficult decisions.
- For Executive / Senior Leaders: how to lead strategically, how to lead to achieve organisational goals and objectives and how to harness innovation.
ILM Accredited Courses
We are able to run courses accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management, so that your development programme can be recognised with a valued external qualification. For more information please see our ILM Programmes page.
Action Learning Sets
We facilitate small groups of managers to share and learn from their experiences. This helps them to review their practices and improve their effectiveness, whilst being supported in a safe learning environment. Feedback shows that action learning sets have helped individuals to feel less lonely in positions of seniority. Action learning sets can work well for managers from different departments of an organisation or even for managers from different businesses.
We are licenced to use a range of leadership psychometric questionnaires including:
The ILM 72 Leadership Styles Questionnaire
The ILM72 is a reliable psychometric measure which assesses two important elements:
- Leadership Style
- Leadership Effectiveness in terms of Leadership behaviour
This is the result of a major study carried out by AQR in association with the ILM. It looked at over 50 leadership models and found that all had their origins in the same components. All leaders adopt a preferred way of working. There is no right or wrong style. We know that style is situational. Usefully ILM72 profiles can be aggregated to form a picture of the leadership style of a group.
Mental Toughness Questionnaire
We are licensed to use AQR’s Mental Toughness questionnaire
Published research and case studies form around the world show that Mental Toughness is a major factor in:
- Performance – explaining up to 25% of the variation in performance in individuals
- Positive Behaviour – more engaged, more positive, more “can do”
- Wellbeing – more contentment, better stress management , less prone to bullying
- Aspirations - more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk
It is important in almost all work applications. For instance studies show a close link between mental toughness and managerial level. This questionnaire provides a reliable assessment of mental toughness from which a development programme can be delivered.
Strengthscope® is the world’s most complete and innovative strengths profiling system that measures work related strengths. Strengthscope® can help organisations to energize peak performance and engagement by releasing the power of employees’ strengths.
When used as part of a strengths-based development program, the profiler and supporting tools and resources can significantly improve performance, motivation and confidence, during good times and in times of pressure.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is an effective tool for leadership development. It helps individuals to develop their self-awareness and so develop effective leadership approaches. This can add value at all levels of leadership in an organisation. The MBTI can also be used for team building and in change situations
360 degree feedback
We are licensed to use an on-line 360 questionnaire that can be populated with tailor made measures to suit your organisation (can be linked to your competency or behavioural framework) or we can use standard 360 measures based on management competencies. We gather feedback from peers, team members and senior managers and compile a report. This is a very useful way to gain a rounded view of how one is perceived by others and can indicate areas that need developing.
With over 40 years of experience between us in human resources, we can provide one-to-one sessions to help you identify your career aspirations and the steps you need to take to realise them. As part of this service we are able to offer Testing the Water, a psychometric tool assessing suitability for self-employment.