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What is Leadership and Management Development?

Building your skills in any role is ideal for professional and personal growth. Everyone can benefit from valuable training and improvement, but it’s particularly important for people in leadership and management roles. They will be guiding and managing teams and can be responsible for business success and team performance.  

But what is leadership and management development? It can take many forms and have a variety of outcomes, but in essence it is a structured process for enhancing leadership and management skills. This could be on the job training or a specialised course for developing your skills. An online certification in leadership and management can provide the training needed to begin your career in leadership and management, or it may help to cement the skills you have been developing in a previous job.  

Leadership and management development is quite broad and can be different depending on your skill level and experience. However, there are key areas that all leaders and managers will need to constantly work on and develop throughout their careers.  

Leadership and management skills 

Emotional intelligence 

Emotional intelligence is one of the most important qualities to have in both leadership and management. Interacting with people and being able to facilitate effective relationships is key to leading successful teams. 

Emotional intelligence is the capability to recognise your own emotions and those of others, discern different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour, and adjust emotions to adapt to environments. This will help you build better relationships with your team and within the business, and even with key business stakeholders. It’s up to leaders and managers to support their teams and help them to achieve business goals and their full potential.  


Effective communication is the most important skill to have for both leaders and managers. It sets expectations, helps to drive success, creates trust in the team, and supports a healthy workplace culture. When communication breaks down, it can very quickly affect workplace culture and the team dynamic, which in turn, affects business performance. 

Goal setting and facilitating change 

Setting both business and personal goals can help to give a team direction and creates a common objective to work towards. This will help to give the team purpose and builds stronger relationships across the organisation. This also goes hand in hand with facilitating change across the organisation. Executing organisational change can help to meet those goals and it’s up to leaders and managers to support the team to adapt to change.  

Critical thinking and problem solving 

Being able to think critically and analyse data will help to enable better performance across the business and within the team. It’s important for understanding what is working and what isn’t. Managers in particular will be responsible for business success, so they will have to be able to assess the strategies in place and solve any problems that the team encounters. 

Types of leadership and management development 


Mentoring is a valuable way to develop skills and learn from someone who is more senior or experienced in your area of interest. Having a mentor is a form of personal coaching that usually happens within the same organisation. Businesses could have an official mentoring program or it may be an informal agreement between two individuals. 

Structured learning  

Learning about leadership and management can happen at a range of institutions and levels. Undertaking a course in this area will not only develop your skills within leadership and management, and it also gives you a recognised certification you can use in your industry of choice. A Registered Training Organisation, like OPEC College, can provide online training courses for all levels of leadership and management. It is a great option for those who want to learn new skills or gain an official certification to advance their career.  

On the job training  

Gaining experience on the job is an important way to develop your skills, no matter the area you work in. On the job training may be formal and structured development facilitated by the organisation, or it can be informal experience you gain in the day-to-day of your job. This kind of training is invaluable and it can inform your future career success.  

Identifying and recognising existing skills  

As you gain experience on the job, the recognition of your skills and how you have incorporated them into previous situations will solidify your understanding of leadership and management. Being a good leader and manager takes self-reflection and critical thinking, and this includes looking at your own performance. You can also get your existing skills formally recognised, which will help you advance your career. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) converts your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies.  

If you’re interested in discovering what our leadership and management development options are, you can take a look at our courses here. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today.   


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