Leadership Skills

What is leadership skills training?

The ability to lead is in all of us – our experience, our knowledge, our job title provides us with an opportunity to inspire people to come with us on whichever journey we want to take. Our leadership programmes help individuals to find the confidence to fully acknowledge and fulfill their potential.

We recognise that leaders within a business have to:

  • Understand themselves and others – holding a mirror up to themselves and their team.

  • Advocate the behaviours they expect to experience throughout their organisation, service, department or team; demonstrate and role model those behaviours; develop and support those behaviours in others.
  • Share the compelling story of their vision and direction of travel
  • Bravely/courageously challenge those who won’t engage

  • Clear the path of obstacles
  • Drive change and performance improvement

The short, medium and long-term strength of any business is its capacity to nurture and develop its people at the speed equal to or greater than the change that is happening in the environment. This can only be achieved by people focusing on the organisation, their people and their own development.

Who is leadership skills training for?

Leadership programmes can be designed and delivered to anyone who has a leadership responsibility within an organisation – from CEOs, Directors, Operational and Line Managers through to Supervisors and Team Leaders.

Organisations ask for leadership programmes for a variety of reasons. They include:

  • Supporting cultural change across the organisation
  • Supporting a talent management strategy
  • Reducing costs
  • Increasing revenue
  • Improving employee engagement

What are the benefits of undertaking training in leadership skills?

Increase productivity
Consistent and effective leadership can increase the productivity of its people. Emotional intelligence is critical to the success of a leader. This involves understanding your own and other people’s emotions and using empathy effectively to empower and engage employees. Leadership training that encompasses emotional intelligence can hone these emotional skills in people managers and leaders.

Staff retention
Leadership programmes support the development of future leaders. Effective leadership is a combination of the right qualities and the right training. By identifying future talent – in other words those who have what it takes – and providing them with targeted leadership training you will help provide the right career paths for the right people (further increasing staff retention).

Increase employee engagement
Around 44 per cent of highly-engaged employees receive feedback at least once a week compared to only 15 per cent of those with low engagement. Giving feedback is a skill of successful leaders. Through leadership training, you can teach effective ways to foster a feedback culture to support and challenge your teams.

Adapting styles to meet
There are several leadership styles, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Leadership training can also help individual leaders develop their own personal leadership style that their team members will best respond to.

Decision making
Last, but absolutely not least, leadership training can result in better decision making. How? Because leaders functioning at a high level of emotional intelligence have the perspective to make informed, intelligent business decisions. For that reason alone, you can consider your leadership training investment returned.

  • Reduce costs
  • Increase revenue/profit
  • Create change in leaders and enablers

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Peter F. Ducker

What is a typical programme?

All programmes differ according to the needs and wants of the organisation and the output of a review/familiarisation event.

First, we meet the client and establish what success looks like for them from a Leadership Skills Programme. This initial step is free and helps us to find out what you need.
Conduct a review – meet with leaders across the business on a 1:1 or focus group basis.

We’ll then share a presentation/report which highlights strengths and development areas and recommendations for the programme.

Design a programme in partnership with the client. This could be a week training programme (either off or at the client’s site), a series of 1, 2 or day ‘modular’ events taking place over a 6-month period with pre- and post-event work, peer-to-peer/ buddy meetings, presentations and end-of-programme summit events.
Delivery, review and assess success.

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“Our experience of working with Brightstone has been overwhelmingly positive. The programme covered some difficult issues and was delivered in a very sensitive and considerate way.

Overall, it has been a very different training experience – we have come back to learn again and again, and feel confident that the development has taken a firm hold within our service.”

Sally McMahon, Head of Service