Tuesday, 12 September 2023 13:52

Back to School...Even for Leaders

September marks the return of children to school, backpacks filled with textbooks and eager minds ready to learn. But perhaps it's time for leaders, particularly in the business world, to consider going back to school too. From politicians to CEOs, recent high-profile controversies in the UK have illuminated the importance of leadership capabilities.

In recent years, the business landscape has seen its fair share of high-profile controversies. These incidents have not only damaged the reputations of the organisations involved but have also raised questions about the competence and ethics of their leaders. Ian Marchant of Thames Water, John Allan of Tesco and Tony Danker of the CBI are just a few names that have notoriously been in the press this year. Their lack of integrity created leadership vacuums in their respective fields.

So, what is the solution?

Leadership development is a powerful tool that can help line managers, the senior team and C-suite professionals navigate the complex challenges of today's business world.

Leadership development is crucial for:

  • Employee Engagement and Retention: Engaged employees are more productive and committed to their organisations. Effective leaders can inspire and motivate their teams, leading to higher levels of engagement and, consequently, better retention rates. When leaders are equipped with the right skills, they can create a positive workplace culture that fosters loyalty among employees.
  • Talent Pipeline: Developing leadership skills is essential for ensuring a steady supply of capable leaders within an organization. By investing in leadership development, businesses can identify and groom potential leaders from within their ranks. This proactive approach reduces the risk of leadership gaps and ensures a smooth transition when key leaders depart or retire.
  • Cost Savings: High turnover rates can be costly for businesses, especially during the current climate. The recruitment and training of new employees, along with the disruption to workflow, can take a toll on a company's bottom line. Leadership development can reduce turnover by creating a more supportive and engaging work environment, ultimately saving businesses time and money.

One effective way for businesses to invest in leadership development is through the use of HR Champions’ Leadership Investment Fund. This fund allows organisations to strategically develop the talent pipeline against the company’s growth plans through accredited ILM training.

Here's how it works:

  • Accredited Training: The Leadership Investment Fund provides valuable training accredited from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) at a lower price. The ILM offers a wide range of qualifications designed to upskills employees and provide people with a solid foundation in their formal development.
  • Minimised Business Disruption: Thanks to HR Champions’ flexibity, organisations can minimise disruption across departments. This means that leaders can undergo development without causing significant interruptions to daily operations.
  • Continuous Improvement: Leadership development is not a one-time event but an ongoing process. The fund provides a mechanism for businesses to continually upskill their leaders and aspiring leaders, ensuring that they stay current and effective in their roles.

The Leadership Investment Fund is a valuable tool for businesses looking to upskill their leaders effectively. By taking this proactive approach, organisations can secure their future success, reduce turnover-related headaches, and ensure they have the skilled leaders necessary to navigate the challenges of the modern business landscape. So, this September, let's encourage leaders to embrace the opportunity to learn, grow, and lead their organisations to new heights.

Click here to find out more about the Leadership Investment Fund.

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HR Champions provide first class HR and Employment Law support and advice to UK businesses; operationally and strategically. If you're an employer you'll potentially need some, if not all, of the services we offer.

We deliver excellent management and soft skills training suitable for all organisational levels. We are ILM and City & Guild accredited and Ken Blanchard approved.  





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