Who Will Benefit the Most?
The ILP is a high level leadership programme and is ideally suited for Director level or upper level middle managers. Anyone in any level of management would benefit from the universal principles discussed on the course but we have other programmes that may be more suitable depending on a person's experience.
All our programmes are built on the same core principles but are tweaked to get the most out of particular levels of competence.
What We Teach
It's almost impossible to describe what content people will cover during the ILP. Because of the highly personalised 360° analysis and 1-to-1 coaching everyone's needs are unique so everyone gets a unique experience tailored to them. The programme is structured in a way that becomes almost a bespoke course for everyone who takes it. However these are some of the general areas covered.
Management vs Leadership
Leadership is the closest thing in business to a magic bullet. It’s applicable to almost every situation. But the way most business people view leadership is askew. Leadership is not just something used in extraordinary circumstances by exceptional people. Leadership is something that should happen everyday in ordinary situations. Any time people interact there is an opportunity for Leadership; whether you're running errands or running a company.
Management is typically about reward and punishment. Leadership is about inspiring people to action. Which do you think get's the best results?
The trouble is leadership is hard work. It’s much easier to give someone a rollocking. But is anything worth having easy? We show participants the skills and techniques they need and support them to do the hard work of implementing them.
Feedback is one of the most important tools for a leader. Why do most people struggle with it? People usually fall into one of 2 groups:
- only give bad feedback
- only give good feedback
Because they do whichever feels easier to them and avoid the one that makes them feel awkward.
To be a great leader and get the best performance out of people you need to be comfortable giving all kinds of feedback and give it in the right way and in the right mix. People need to feel valued but they also need to work on their weaker areas.
We teach participants how, why and when to give feedback and the exact techniques for doing it successfully.
We cover the difference between Knowledge, Skills & Attitude. A great deal of the course is about our own attitudes. We need to change the way we think in order to change our behaviours.
“We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Attitude makes the difference between an inspirational leader and a boss. If you can’t control your own attitude to someone cutting you up on the journey into work how can you expect to do it when someone frustrates you in the workplace. Your behaviours need to be consistent, practised every day in all situations, not just when it suits.
This is not a presentation skills course but going through the programme hugely improves participant's confidence and ability to present in front of people.
We have developed simple structures which participants can build their presentations around, so they're confident in what they are going to say. The constant exposure to presenting week after week inevitably builds confidence. People who start the course terrified of standing up in front of their classmates end up giving extravagant presentations in front of strangers by the time the course ends.
Coaching and Developing People
Participants learn how to develop and motivate others around them (including suppliers and customers) which means the effects of the course ripple out through an organisation improving the performance of more than just those on the course.
Communication is obviously another massive part of leadership. We give participants techniques of what to say, when and how to say it. Of course we also cover what not to say!