Subjects in Management & Leadership
Benefits of Studying Management & Leadership
Studying management and leadership can open the door to a stimulating and varied career The main benefits of gaining an accredited qualification include:
According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), only 20% of managers have a related qualification and just 45% have had any training at all. So becoming qualified gives you a distinct advantage when it comes to impressing potential employers.
Diverse career options
Knowledgeable managers and leaders are needed across a wide range of industries including finance, science, government, retail, education and more. You can also select from a wide range of specialist careers, such as project management or risk management.
Gaining a formal qualification will build your confidence, as you’ll learn about the role you aspire to do. You’ll also discover which management styles and leadership models you prefer.
High earning potential
Research has shown that managers with professional qualifications earn more. In fact, qualified managers earn an average of £152,000 more over the course of their career.
Management & Leadership FAQ
Managers ensure that teams, projects or departments run smoothly and efficiently. The role usually focuses on short-term goals such as hitting targets, measuring performance or solving problems. If you become a manager you’ll also take on practical tasks such as planning, budgeting, dealing with disciplinary issues and giving feedback to employees.
Leadership is more strategic than management. It involves visualising a company’s future and communicating this vision in an inspiring way. If you’re a leader, you’ll focus on supporting, developing and engaging with employees, so that they feel motivated and appreciated. You’ll also be responsible for implementing changes and making difficult decisions.
There’s a clear career path for aspiring managers and leaders. Experience is important, but if you gain a management qualification you could speed up the journey.
Top 5 Roles
Glassdoor’s current list of the 25 best jobs in the UK features 15 management positions. Here are the top five roles based on median salary, job openings and job satisfaction:
Glassdoor’s top five jobs in leadership are:
“… the UK labour market needs almost
200,000 new managers a year.”Management 2020 Report (CMI)
Leadership & Management Qualifications
Levels of Courses
Completion of this level introduces you to the principles of management and the roles and responsibilities of team leaders. You can then progress to the next level of study.
Aimed at people in supervisory roles, completion of this level allows you to progress on to a level four qualification. Alternatively, you could apply to study management at university.
Level 4 • Certificate
If you’re a team leader, completion of this level will grow your professional management skills and enable you to apply for middle management posts.
Level 5 • Diploma
Designed to help middle managers, completing this level will refine your managerial skills and enable you to study a university-level course.
Level 6 • Bachelor’s
Aimed at senior managers, completing this degree level stage will help you to make the move into senior management.
Level 7 • Master’s
Equivalent to a master’s degree, this level is aimed at managers who are operating at a strategic level. Completing this stage will develop your strategic management and leadership skills.
Level 8 • PhD
Completing this doctorate level stage will develop the advanced skills you’ll need to lead transformational strategic change.
How to Become a Manager/Leader
Work your way up
If you’re willing to work hard and persevere, it’s still possible to start with an entry-level job and work your way up into a management role such as team manager or project manager. Have you recently left compulsory education? Then we recommend checking out the employment programmes on offer in the retail, tourism and travel industries.
Do a degree in management
Plenty of companies recruit graduates to fill management roles and some also run training programmes aimed at developing leaders. These often lead to permanent positions, but you’ll generally need to graduate with a 2:1 to gain a place.
Take professional qualifications
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) offer qualifications in a range of areas such as team leading, strategic management and mentoring and coaching. Studying with either provider also gives you access to valuable resources, research and networking opportunities.
Do an apprenticeship
Both the ILM and the CMI now offer apprenticeships at a variety of levels. If you’re just starting out as a team leader, we recommend the CMI’s 18-month team leader/supervisor apprenticeship, which includes a level 3 diploma in management. The CMI also offers a Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, which is designed for employees moving into senior or strategic management roles.
Ways to Study Management & Leadership
Online courses involve studying the uploaded course material at your own speed and in a setting of your choice. .
If you like learning as part of a group, you might prefer this option, as you’ll be taught by a professional teacher in a classroom setting.
Blended learning offers the combined benefits of online and in-class studying. The number of contact hours varies from provider to provider.
Skills for Managers and Leaders
Management and leadership require confidence, a commitment to developing others and the ability to communicate with a diverse workforce. As well as requiring a range of soft skills, you’ll need the following hard skills:
What Daily Tasks Do Managers and Leaders Do?
Your daily responsibilities will depend on your role and your seniority. However, common management and leadership tasks include:
Studying management and leadership will give you access to a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities. So whether you aspire to be a team leader, a management consultant or a CEO, why not start your journey by checking out our cracking selection of courses?
What are you waiting for? Get started on your journey today.