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What is Leadership and Management


What is the difference between leadership and management? If you look at the sheer number of business management and leadership books published each year, you will realise there is much discussion about what the difference is and how to be one over the other.  It is commonly agreed that the main difference lies in the fact that managers have a group of people who work for them whilst leaders have a group of people that follow them, often with better results.

Leadership deals with securing the attention of your team, allowing them to understand and believe your vision of success and letting them work with you so your goals can be achieved. Management, on the other hand, is your capability to administer workloads and ensure that daily tasks and assignments are being carried as they should be. Most businesses recognise that to be successful you need a mix of both strong leaders and efficient managers.

If you are an existing manager/leader with many years of experience and plan to develop your career to become a senior manager, director or even CEO, there is great value in completing Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications in Management and Leadership and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications in Coaching & Mentoring. This article will tell you the basic things you need to know about obtaining and finishing these qualifications.


Level 7 Leadership and Management   

This diploma is completed through supported distance learning. It aims to develop your current management skills and bring them to a strategic level so that you can perform more effectively as a senior manager in your company and support the fulfilment of your company’s business strategies.

This course is suitable for existing managers who are in charge of the advancement and performance of employee, for individuals wishing to develop management and leadership practise, those who have the knowledge, skills and behaviors to drive business activities within the organisation and want to use this experience to gain a deeper comprehension of the company’s business strategies.

Depending on your preferred qualifications, you will either be required to complete one written assignment, two written assignments or 5 or 6 written assignments. The Award or Certificate can later be used to top-up to a Level 7 Certificate or straight to a Level 7 Diploma.

The unit titles involved in this course are:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Leading and Developing People to Optimise Performance
  • Developing Organisational Strategy
  • Leading Strategic Change
  • Finance for Strategic Leaders (previous finance knowledge & financial management experience highly recommended for this unit)
  • Strategic Risk Management
  • Strategic Management Project
  • Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leaders
  • Strategic Approaches to Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing

There are many perks that come along with this course. First, it will lead you to become a Chartered Manager via Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Second, this course will add credibility to your knowledge and experience through a qualification that is internationally recognised. Third, you can use the practical and theoretical knowledge you have learned in the course and apply it to your leadership or management role and help you gain a promotion or new position. Fourth, you will be acquainted with the latest and best practices in the management and leadership industry. Finally, the course will help you define your management and leadership style and help you become more confident.

What formal entry requirements are there? There are no formal entry requirements to qualify for this course although it is recommended that individuals should be practising senior managers with a wide range of managerial and leadership responsibilities. For individuals whose mother tongue is not English, they must gain a score of 6.5 from IELTS or Trinity ISE III/IV.

How long will it take to finish this course? As the course is a distance learning course, you can start whenever you are ready and finish the course within a 9 to 12 month period. Within the course period, you will be given all the support you need. Upon completion, the designatory letters of MCMI will be given to you.

The course will involve completing modules regarding strategic management and leadership. Some of the modules you need to study are:

  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic information planning
  • Strategic human resource planning
  • Financial management
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Developing performance management strategies
  • Reviewing organisational strategy plans and performance
  • Personal leadership development as a strategic manager
  • Conducting a strategic management project


Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management   

This course was specifically designed to improve the skills of strategic managers who are already operating at a strategic level and wish to improve their ability and earning power. This qualification is required to become a full member of the CMI and a stepping stone to your goals of becoming a Chartered Manager.

The Strategic Management course will cover a wide variety of topics such as strategies for risk management, strategic project management and financial planning and management. This course is ideal for people who are in charge of converting the strategies of an organisation into effective team performance and wish to implement fundamental management and leadership models within your company’s strategic framework. So, whether you want to develop your strategic thinking, improve your leadership skills or gain confidence in financial planning, you can choose to complete a range of units that will cater to your specific interests or professional requirements.

The course is available for distance learning and can be completed in a period of 18 months and gain a detailed and comprehensive study of strategies on how to become an effective manager and leader. Finishing this course will significantly improve your career prospects and earning power.

This course is perfect for:

  • CEO
  • Director
  • Regional Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Specialist Manager with expertise in technical or business operations such as human resources, quality, marketing, finance, risk, sales IT and more.


Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

This course is intended for senior directors or managers who want to progress into a more senior position in their organisation. Finishing this course will give you a full Chartered Manager status or CMI Foundation Chartered Manager status.

This course was also designed to give new learners access to relevant management knowledge and skills. It is also ideal for individuals who are managing specific areas in the organisation such as the project management division.


Why choose Inspired 2 Learn?

With over 20 years experience in training and development across a wide range of business sectors and organisations of all sizes, we can help you achieve CMI and ILM qualifications. With options including:

  • Distance learning, with a wealth of on-line resources and/or a personal tutor
  • Open courses with face to face and/or or on-line workshops
  • In house courses for your organisation, bespoke to your needs.

If you want to learn more or talk to someone and figure out if taking these courses are right for you, get in touch with inspired2learn at +44 (0) 1380 609313 or enquiries@inspired2learn.co.uk today!

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