Types of Training in Hertfordshire

Leadership & Management

Whilst often bracketed together, leadership and management are not the same. Excellence in both areas has clear benefits for the business and the workforce, and the good news is that the skills needed for both can be learned.

Leadership is entirely without hard and fast rules. There are as many different ways to lead as there are leaders and although many great leaders share similar qualities no two have exactly the same approach. Conventional leading from the front, is no more or less effective than pushing from behind, and the old fashioned autocratic concept of decision making without consultation is almost entirely non-existent in successful modern business. The foremost qualities of leadership, the ability to communicate, innovate, motivate, and inspire, along with the skills to think strategically, properly understand risk and reward, solve problems, resolve conflict, and delegate, are universal. The way they are used is completely individual. So being aware of these cornerstones will help you decide on the leadership style that suits you best and learning how to use them will help you on the path to success.

Management on the other hand does tend to be conventional and systematic, because it is, simply put, a set of clearly defined processes designed to help an organisation to function. Planning, budgeting, purchasing, accounting, staffing, measuring performance and many other functions fall under its wing, and whilst the delivery of these systems will vary massively in style and approach, the fundamentals remain the same. Once again, however, the skills associated with management are straightforward to acquire, and when they are combined with great leadership the benefits to a company are huge.

The Chartered Management Institute reports that 90% of members who have completed a leadership and management qualification found the experience improved their performance at work. There was also a “ripple effect, “ with 81% of those surveyed passing on their knowledge to colleagues.