To become a manager, there often is no specific qualification required and no mandatory management course once you’re in the role. Managers are often appointed through internal promotions or because of experience in their industry – but, without proper training, this doesn’t always translate into management skills.
Before you’ve completed a management course, it’s very common to experience:
- Imposter syndrome or lack of confidence
- Disobedience from team members
- Uncertainty about procedures
- Difficulty making tough decisions
- Struggles transitioning from your old duties to your new
- Low performance and productivity
- Lack of enjoyment in your role
- Feeling excluded from others at work
- Poor skills or confidence when communicating.
If you’ve experienced any of these, you will likely benefit from completing a management course like one of our CMI qualifications.
What is a management course?
A management course covers the techniques and skills you’ll need to successfully manage people and processes to achieve results in an organisation.
There are several reasons to complete a management course, including:
Better understand your role as a manager
Whether you are an aspiring, first-time or experienced manager, it can sometimes be difficult to gauge exactly where you sit and what your role is within the wider organisation.
A management course can help you understand exactly what the role of the manager is, how you fit into an organisation and help you develop management techniques to continuously deliver results.
Improve communication skills
Communication is essential as a manager – if you can’t successfully communicate what you need from people, they cannot deliver it. However, there tends to be a common issue when managers have been appointed because of their industry skills rather than management abilities in that they often lack experience communicating in this way with others.
A management course can help you improve both your written and spoken communication so you can have more productive conversations with team members and stakeholders, and deliver more confident and engaging presentations when required.
Improve decision-making skills
Managers have to make decisions in their day-to-day role. These decisions are sometimes simple but are occasionally more challenging, particularly around areas such as staffing and employee retention. The decisions you make as a manager will often have wide-reaching consequences that impact the daily roles of your team so you need to be confident and capable when it comes to making them.
Most management courses will touch on techniques and strategies to use when making any decision and these techniques will help you to make them in an informed and timely manner.
Improve productivity and performance
The ability to lead individuals and teams to success is arguably the most important skill for a manager. Managers are not only responsible for their own performance, but also for the performance of their whole team,ensuring everyone is productive and on track is key to the role.
Management courses equip managers with the knowledge to identify priorities and set measurable objectives. After completion, you will know how to organise and allocate daily work activities, monitor outcomes and respond practically to problems in a manner that supports your team’s productivity and performance.
Manage change effectively
Change is inevitable in business – from new starters to organisational restructures, change happens in companies of all sizes. As a manager, you’ll need to help manage these changes and respond in a way that keeps your team confident and productive.
Management courses give you the skills to manage change, achieve set objectives, and to do so in a professional manner with open and honest communication throughout the entire process.
Get impartial feedback on your abilities
Anyone within your organisation will have an agenda – even if they don’t always know it themselves. Internal feedback can often be influenced by personal feelings and past experiences rather than being a truly objective review of your capabilities.
As a manager, it’s critical that you get honest and impartial feedback on your abilities and performance so that you can improve where needed to deliver the best results for yourself, your team and your business. A management course is a great way to get this feedback as you will be assessed by an impartial individual who will be able to benchmark your abilities against those of other managers.
Boost team morale and confidence
Management is a two-way street – your team need to have confidence in you as their manager to enable them to respond effectively to your management techniques.
A management course demonstrates that you are invested in developing as a manager which can give team members confidence in your abilities. An investment in skills development can also help to boost team morale as it opens up doors for their own development in the future.
Improve career prospects and salary
As we said at the start, there isn’t always a requirement for managers to have a management qualification, however, when looking to progress or move roles it can be a significant advantage.
Research from CMI has shown that a professional management qualification can make an individual 9% more employable and can lead to an additional £81,000 in earnings over a career.
Completing a management course shows employers that you are committed to improving your abilities, willing to take on extra responsibilities, and have developed industry-leading management skills that can give you an advantage over other candidates.
A management qualification has numerous benefits for both you and your employer so if you’re interested in driving long-term business growth and being recognised worldwide as an excellent manager, it’s the best option for you and your career. You can study at your own pace and around work or home commitments using our Live Online platform.