At Shaw Academy, we believe that if you’re an aspiring manager you can learn to be a great leader. This foundation course provides you with key insights, tips, and skills to better manage, perform, motivate and ultimately become a successful leader. During this introductory 4-week course, you will learn why management matters, and how successful leaders build high performing teams. Ultimately, leaders develop others to make a significant contribution to their work. If you are looking to increase your skills in management and leadership, and if you believe you have what it takes to lead, then register now to start this evolution.
Lesson 1 - Are You a Manager or Leader?
We start by focusing on the basic skills that all managers and leaders must have to succeed. You will then explore the characteristics that great leaders bring to their positions. You will be able to use these characteristics to make you a better manager with the confidence to face any challenge ahead.
Lesson 2 - Management Competencies and Why They Matter
In this lesson, you will develop an awareness of the basic management skills: Planning, Organizing, Directing, and Control. You will then apply these competencies to set clear directions, provide feedback, recognize and reward performance, and communicate effectively. You will then be able to contrast different management styles that will help you to develop your own personal style of leadership.
Lesson 3 - How Leaders Have Vision, Values, and Purpose
Perhaps the greatest difference between a leader and manager is their ability to explain why they work the way they do. In lesson 3, you will explore how leaders explain why they do what they do. You will learn how strategic alignment holds the key to helping managers create a winning culture.
Lesson 4 - Learn to Motivate and Inspire Others
Leaders inspire their teams and motivate them not to fear change but embrace it. During lesson 4, you will gain key insights into how leaders encourage growth and development. Building trust is at the heart of what leaders do. You will learn how to make time for each team member and invest in their well-being. The result will be to make work more enjoyable and more productive for your team.
Lesson 5 - Coaching for Success
In Lesson 5, you will learn how to coach employees effectively. You will appreciate why leaders schedule regular performance reviews. Leaders also know how to manage difficult employees by setting clear objectives so that there is no wriggle room. You will also gain insights into how rewarding performance promotes productivity and helps build resilience for those times that you need team members to go beyond the call of duty.
Lesson 6 - How Leaders Manage Change
Those who lead inspire change. Here you will learn how leaders build and maintain momentum during times of change. Leaders explain why change is required. They focus on the end goal. You will focus on key communication skills that facilitate change and motivate those who are resistant to change.
Lesson 7 - Future Leadership Roles
Some managers struggle with how work is constantly changing. We look at the millennial generation and provide insights to help you lead in a global, social, diverse, and multi-cultural environment. You will learn to appreciate how the changing nature of work demands new leadership and transformational roles. Roles that you, as aspiring managers and leaders, can fill.
Lesson 8 - Leaders are Continuously Learning
Change demands new skills and competencies. Leaders demonstrate that learning on the job is key to an employee’s development. In lesson 8, we will focus on the steps to build a productive learning culture. You will learn why leaders provide the opportunity for others to grow and how the development of a productive learning culture helps to sustain growth in times of change.