Future Leaders: How to build SMT capacity to support your next phase of growth

With Spring just around the corner, there's a sense of fresh energy in the air. It's an ideal time for taking stock, reinvention and forward thinking. Spring presents a great opportunity to refocus, to shake off the winter blues and look forward to making important decisions that will improve, advance and grow your company.

Successful businesses require strategic leaders that are able to plan, think critically and dedicate time and resource to executing strategy. With that in mind, here at Leeds University Business School we have created a new 10-week course called Future Leaders designed for senior management teams in high-growth SMEs. The programme benefits from a blended learning approach and comes with a foundation in recognised academic expertise. Involving both business owners and their senior managers it offers a powerful platform for development.

We caught up with Jacinta Elliott, organisation development expert and member of the course delivery team, to understand why such programmes can help steer your business through the next 12 months and beyond. Here she explains five ways leadership training can help you adopt styles of working to foster business growth.

  1. Build capacity
    Fast developing businesses need to build capacity across their senior management teams or they risk missing out on opportunities. Capacity building is the process by which individuals and companies obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge and other resources needed to do their jobs competently or to a greater capacity. Building capacity means investing in yourself and senior team to maximise lasting results for your business.
  2. Let go of the reins
    There comes a stage in fast developing SMEs when you as the owner can no longer do everything yourself. Learning how and when to step back from the whirlwind of day-to-day operations enables you to create space for the strategic thinking necessary for an organisation’s long-term success. Working on direction setting and identifying opportunities means you can form ambitious but realistic targets for business growth.
  3. Empower leadership teams
    By empowering key senior managers, SMEs will be able to build a culture of empowerment, forming strong collaborations and deeper work relationships that elevate a team’s performance.
  4. Strengthen decision making
    Leaders strive to make competent decisions all the time. Learning to use your increased capacity and manage empowered leaders can mean business choices can be actively transformed into desired actions and outcomes. The road to growth is paved with a clear sense of purpose, vision and direction.
  5. Boost sustainability
    Developing a deeper understanding of management skills, financial literacy, cost implications of innovations and strategic goals within your senior team strengthens a company’s ability to maintain the rate and level of growth and advancement.

To discuss funding availability please contact cepe@leeds.ac.uk 

More information and details on how to register here