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Discover the most important skills in senior management

Effective management takes a whole range of different skills. With so many different parties to consider, from the team that you’re leading to your own superior, there is a lot to consider. If you’re looking to make progress in your career, and to do a better job in a management role, then these are some of the most important skills that it’s crucial to learn.

Setting an example

One of the simplest ways to manage is to set an example and be the employee that you want your team to emulate. From arriving on time, to taking an interest in the issues of your industry to maintaining a stoic attitude in the face of disaster or change, if you’re able to set this kind of example then others will follow.

Be aware of the context for the business

Leaders need to be well informed when it comes to market conditions, business development and competitors. Whether or not these directly affect your job, they will impact on your ability to take strategic decisions and can be a positive influence when it comes to shaping future growth. Strategy development and risk management are two key skills that will provide a firm foundation on which managers can grasp essential context.

Don’t forget the people you’re leading

It can be easy to focus purely on your own career and to forget about employee development. However, one of the metrics for analysing the effectiveness of a leader is how well employees do when they are being managed by that person. So, focus on employee development – as well as your own – and you’ll not only have a happier team of people working for you but you’ll also be viewed as a better leader by others in the business too.

Inspire commitment to the business

This is all about understanding how your employer rewards those who do well and then conveying this to the people you’re leading. What do they have to do to be recognised and where do the advantages lie for their careers in demonstrating commitment to the business in this way?

Handling change

Change is something that people across the business have to deal with constantly, whether it’s market change or operational change. Great managers can help to smooth the journey and involve others in the decision making process during times of change. They are also well equipped to support those who are feeling resistant to impending change.

Be a leader

It sounds simple but the intricacies of leadership are often not well grasped by very ambitious people. For example, being good at managing means understanding how to provide constructive feedback so that employees can see a way to develop and grow. It’s also essential to be able to manage tough situations and to have the strength and confidence to set clear boundaries for everyone.

Some of the skills required by senior management are obvious – others, less so. There are always opportunities to change and grow and many of these essential skills are simple to learn.

Book your place on our Senior Management Skills Course today or get in touch with PTP on 01509 889632 with any questions.

In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.