Page 1: Introduction
Managers are the biggest occupational group in the UK and over 800,000 new jobs will be created in management between 2010 and 2017. However, only one in five managers in the UK is professionally qualified. Research has shown that poor leadership may affect levels of employee motivation, reduce productivity or even impact on a business' reputation. Direct results might include a failure to reach sales targets, increased costs or high levels of absence or sickness.
Managers play a pivotal role in getting things done by motivating, inspiring and leading others at work. Employees who feel valued in the workplace tend to be more committed to their work. This results in higher levels of performance, reduced absenteeism and more competitive businesses.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to management and leadership. CMI has over 86,000 individual members and 450 corporate clients. Its core purpose is the promotion of the highest levels of management and leadership skills within both individuals and organisations. It meets this objective by providing a qualification framework and a full range of qualifications based on the National Occupational Standards for management and leadership which it founded. These provide benchmarks for measuring personal and corporate management performance.
CMI is not just an awarding body and provider of qualifications and training. The value of its membership for both individuals and organisations stems from the wide range of practical support and advice it offers managers and leaders at every stage of their careers. It also works with employers to help them develop and accredit their own in-house programmes to build leadership skills and attract and retain top talent.
Chartered Manager Award
CMI is the only organisation that offers the Chartered Manager Award. To receive this top award, a manager must demonstrate a range of essential management skills. However, this is only one way of showing effective management skills. CMI provides a wide range of routes for existing and potential managers to develop their skills and gain professional qualifications.
Anyone can join CMI and use its support and resources throughout his or her career to upskill and gain professional qualifications, for example, an NVQ level 2 in Team Leading. CMI students then have the opportunity to work towards the Certificate and Diploma in Management and Leadership.
This case study looks at the theoretical basis behind CMI”s highly regarded practices and shows how CMI ensures its members have the practical skills to make an impact in business.