The benefits of leadership development programs

As a company enjoying sustainable growth at a time that so many are, at best, struggling, we recognise the importance of supporting our staff and helping to secure their future as part of ours. This is perhaps most true when it comes to our Management Team. A group of talented, hard-working and, just as crucial, fun and interesting people. That’s why we began a highly rewarding relationship with Lijack Consultancy, to better develop and inspire our leaders. In this article, Sharon Kiley from Lijack Consultancy explains how this works.

Leadership development programs are crucial to the long-term success of every organisation. An effective leader will inspire, motivate and drive an organisation forward – but a bad leader can do the opposite.

Whether you believe leaders are born or made, (I for one believe they can be made!), investment in developing great leaders with the right attitudes and behaviours is vital for the future of your company.

Investing in leadership development–doesn’t involve just a colourful Powerpoint training session, but development that stimulates, is interactive, challenging and relatable directly back to the workplace where the real progress is made. It’s also ongoing and cannot end when the course does.

At Lijack Consultancy we draw on over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering management development programmes and soft skills training and our ILM Approved Management Development programme are the benchmark for high-quality, bespoke in-house management and leadership training providing amazing results.

Who are the ILM?
The Institute of Leadership & Management are much more than just a professional body. With an active community of over 40,000 leaders, managers and coaches, they create award-winning e-learning resources, and undertake practical research to support individuals and organisations in developing, and inspiring, great leadership everywhere.

Benefits of an ILM programme to your organisation
The ILM’s flexible and cutting edge approach to leadership development delivers the highest quality, independent and interactive learning environment within a community that thrives upon the latest leadership thinking. Great leadership development enables you to…

  • Unlock potential
  • Push boundaries
  • Build and sustain agile businesses
  • Stand out from your competitors and colleagues
  • Attract and retain skilled, high performing people

Recently PSG provided an opportunity for 3 of it’s Managers to attend a bespoke ILM approved programme delivered by Lijack Consultancy. Over 9 months the managers covered 4 modules focusing on developing their skills in a range of areas which could be directly applied back to the workplace.

  1. Building self and leadership awareness
    As a manager building self-awareness is vital and by using the Insights Discovery tool, PSG managers were able to understand how their psychological preferences impact their management effectiveness. Every person has all four colour energies within them; it is the combination of these energies which creates each unique personality. Our colour energies refer to a set of characteristics that tend to be our most preferred or most natural way to be. Have you considered which colour type might be your preference?
  2. Leading and managing others
    “The difference between management and leadership is like the difference between sun and moon, night and day, hot and cold, coming and going, and so on. They are two sides of the same coin. While different and distinct, they are parts of the whole: essential contrasts, which make clearer the other.” (Adapted from a quote by Eric Garner). PSG managers recognised what great leadership and management looks like and how they can adapt their style to inspire and motivate their team.
  3. Improving performance
    The function of a great leader is to create the environment for success. Everyone wants to be able to come to work and do a good job and during this module, PSG managers learnt about the building blocks of success for creating the environment for performance including setting goals, giving feedback on performance and leveraging performance through motivation.
  4. Building and developing a team
    Every Rolls Royce is a car, but not every car is a Rolls Royce. Similarly, not every team is a high-performing team and during this module managers learnt how to build and sustain effective team working, transitioning from a good team to a great team.

As a result of their commitment and dedication to the programme, this group of PSG managers are now proud owners of an ILM certificate showing they’ve met the benchmark for approval and applying the learnings into the teams to inspire, lead and deliver amazing results.

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