The Institute of Leadership and Management is a professional membership body connecting like-minded people with the goal of inspiring great leadership everywhere. The ILM run research and events programmes designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of leadership. Over 30,000 Leaders, Managers and Coaches make up this professional body, all intent on helping to improve leadership and to show the transformation in an organisation that it can bring. The intent is to develop people’s individual skills, knowledge and abilities to enhance their leadership skills and qualifications.

What sort of courses are available?

There are obviously different levels of management and seniority and courses reflect this. From developing the skills of Team leaders, though middle management, to senior management and C level Executives, courses are available to help all people learn the skills to improve theirs and their team’s performance. All ILM leadership qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute, which was founded in 1878 and is incorporated by Royal Charter.

How do these courses help improve efficiency?

It is widely recognised that companies who invest in training see the results in terms of efficiency, competitiveness and productivity. ILM courses are designed to unlock your staff potential, across every level of Management. The objective being to help people develop the skills required to manage, motivate and inspire others. Their coaching and mentoring courses give people the toolkit to develop self-belief, build rapport and inspire staff to higher levels, through a combination of management theory with on the job training.

Which is the right course for me?

There are many courses available through several different levels of complexity, with each able to provide accreditation at Award, Certificate or Diploma level, so there is a starting point for everybody. ILM provide a tool to help identify the right course for you, or you can search qualifications by subject. You can then choose your study format, the levels you wish to achieve, and the speed of your progress. While some aspects will be generic, specialist options are available that cover a wide range of management activities, tailor made to one’s requirements.

How long do the courses last?

That depends on the level and complexity of the course level, and the qualification you are looking for. Each credit is approximately equivalent to 10 hours of study. Award level, the shortest and easiest to obtain requires 10 credits, or around 120 hours. Certificates require 13-36 credits, so up to 360 hours of study, while the Diploma level, which is the most comprehensive qualification requires a minimum of 370 hours. Around 70,000 people achieved an ILM qualification last year, helping to further their personal career, while bringing value to their companies at the same time.

If you are in management at any level, gaining a deeper insight to the intricacies of doing it right can only be beneficial. An Internet search will help you find ILM accredited educational organisations in your area that provide these management courses. More companies than ever before are starting to use ILM, so if you don’t want to get left behind, now is a very good time, to begin your research to see if it can be of benefit to you.