Leadership and management

The depth and quality of leadership and management impacts on individual performance and organisational results. Although the quality of management and leadership is a key performance differentiator, not every organisation takes building leadership capacity seriously.

Surprisingly, many have an ad hoc approach to selecting the right leadership talent, identifying potential, preparing for succession and developing the overall bench strength of supervisors, managers and leaders.

Future-fitting leadership

Technology and markets change so rapidly leaders must have the capacity to adapt to the future environment – personally, strategically, and professionally. Organisations that future-fit leadership have greater bench-strength where and when it most matters.

The answer lies in identifying the right competencies, recruiting talent with the capacity for change, and actively managing the leadership pipeline through engagement and purposeful development that doesn’t just rely on business schools, but also on developing the personal skills required for lasting, effective leadership.

We also recognise the mix of technical, management and leadership development changes as the level of role complexity increases.

Future-fitting Leadership

The design of our programme broadly aligns to the Australian Public Service Commission leadership model and our offering commences with more technically-based supervisory programmes, progressing through the high-level executive leadership development.

Why invest in leadership development?

Companies seeking a competitive edge realise investing in leadership translates to getting the best (and more) from their biggest asset – their people.

Global leadership thinkers agree that financial and company performance is linked to leaders improving working atmosphere, employee engagement, company culture and empowerment.

Workplace engagement is often a key outcome of developing leadership quality. Authors Kouzes and Posner have proven the link between leadership development and correlated positive improvements in workplace attitudes from implementing the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® within The Leadership Challenge®.

Of course, the bottom line is where it really matters and return on investment from leadership development is quantifiable, both in added value and cost savings.

One size never fits all

Since 2001, we have never delivered the same programme twice. With your needs in mind, we build a leadership solution to fit your unique requirements, with learning anchored in a mix of global, industry and company-specific case studies, examples, exercises and simulations.

Our framework for developing leadership development programmes is:

  • Glocal. Our programmes have a mix of global, regional and local case studies, examples and exercises. Our consultants reflect a mix of local and international experience.
  • Context. Your industry, region, country, workforce profile, company culture, strategy and values are the starting point.
  • Journey. Leadership is a commitment to deliberately practice competencies that lead to improved professional and organisational performance.

Targeted leadership and management development

Our executive, leadership and management programmes range from 1-day workshops to 16-day programmes. We tailor the content and structure to meet your needs that may include:

  • Conceptual learning
  • Practical learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Assessments
  • Project work
  • Psychometric testing
  • Work-based assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Feedback sessions
  • Action learning sets

Learning pathways: from a workshop to a qualification

Our management and executive solutions can be stand-alone bespoke courses or could be recognised globally through our partner the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

  • Development programme
  • Endorsed programme
  • Qualification

Each have their own delivery and assessment requirements. Contact us to know more.

  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is already…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the catalyst…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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