Leadership Development Training
Our NEW leadership three-day training programme is to be launched in early 2020. It has been designed for senior executives and those aspiring to reach senior positions within Industry.
Based on a military training concept and delivered by experienced leaders, our training focuses on teaching the effective use of command, leadership and management skills to resolve problems in a safe learning environment. Delegates will be immersed in scenario-based role-play exercises delivered at a UK military training area.
The exercises are themed towards a corporate fact-finding mission to assist with capacity building on behalf of a developing nation. Attendees will experience the dynamics of working within the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE) and the challenges this will pose.
Attending this course is not for the faint-hearted since it does not all take place in a classroom-based learning environment. It is built around a two-day practical exercise that is mission focused, interesting and challenging but also enjoyable. Participants should not expect to be just working 9 to 5.
Key topics covered include:
- Communication and briefing – Individually and in syndicates, delegates will be able to develop and practice their communication and briefing skills while under different degrees of pressure.
- Problem-solving – Opportunity will be provided to use analytical skills, innovative, creative and lateral thinking and the use of initiative in problem solving.
- Understanding personal biases – Personal biases will be tested to ensure an understanding of how they can adversely shape decision-making. This includes biases of anchoring, confirmation, choice supporting, survivorship, information, ostrich effect, selective perception and blind-spot bias.
- Negotiation and influencing – The practical exercises will test the delegates negotiation and influencing skills.
- Motivation and team building - Individually and in syndicates delegates will be provided with the opportunity to apply motivational and team building skills in a practical learning environment.
- Conflict management - Individually and in syndicates delegates will be provided with the opportunity to apply conflict management models in a practical environment including avoiding, defeating, compromising, accommodating and collaborating.
Leadership in practice
Classroom based leadership course
Our standard three-day classroom based course will be run periodically during the year.
This course aims to provide participants with a clear understanding of:
- What is leadership?
- Leadership v management
- Defining personal leadership styles
- How to develop and communicate your vision
- The role of beliefs and values in leadership
- Introduction to managing strategic change
The course will enable participants to share their own experiences and will be delivered through a combination of trainer-led instruction, facilitated discussion and practical exercises.
- Defining leadership – One view is leaders are made and not born leaders. Defining leadership explores this concept.
- Management v leadership – Understanding the difference between managers and leaders. Often people mistake good management skills for effective leadership.
- Theories of leadership (transformational v transactional) – Transactional leaders focus on organisational and individual goals and performance while transformational leaders are considered more visionary and take a motivational approach to leadership.
- The skills and abilities needed to be an effective leader – Understanding the skill areas required for effective leadership including motivational, positivity, creativity, honesty and trustworthiness.
- Leadership behaviours and how to inspire others – Understanding the behaviors often present in effective leaders.
- Motivation theories – Understanding the main motivational theories including Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, McGregor’s participation theory, Herzberg’s motivational hygiene theory, and more.
- Communication skills – Perhaps one of the most important requirements for good leadership is the ability to communicate effectively. This goes beyond the spoken word and includes body language and presentation, listening skills and authenticity.
- Developing a vision – The ability to create, develop and articulate a clear vision is an essential attribute of good leaders.
- Influencing and persuading – Analysing the pros and cons of different influencing strategies including empowerment, awareness of other’s concerns, bargaining and negotiating, relationship building, stakeholder engagement and management and others.
- Team dynamics and developing high performing teams – Understanding the make-up of teams and key factors that contribute to team dynamics including Tuckman’s five stages: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning.
- How to diffuse conflict – Conflict in the workplace is destructive and being able to prevent or quickly diffuse conflict is a key skill required of leaders. This session will analyse various conflict management strategies including Thomas and Kilmann’s five conflict resolution strategies.
- Tools to manage strategic change – Having an understanding of the strategic change process and effective models implementing change is a key requirement for good leadership.