BMF launches Leadership Programme for SME managers
The Builders Merchants Federation has launched LEAD, a practical 10 month programme, to help owners and senior personnel in small and medium sized builders merchants to enhance their leadership skills and grow their business.
The LEAD programme, designed in collaboration with leadership and strategy development specialists QuoLux, aims to equip SME owner managers and directors with practical skills and relevant information they can use to make a difference within their business.
Each course deliberately mixes owner managers and directors of small and medium sized enterprises from a variety of industry sectors.
Learning occurs through a range of formats including an initial Overnight Experiential, monthly Masterclasses, one-to-one Coaching, small group Action Learning Sets, Shadowing and Reflection days.
No formal qualifications are required to take the course and it can form the first stage of a Master’s Degree. Delegates can have their learning on LEAD accredited to receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Practice from the University of Gloucestershire that can form the basis for a Postgraduate Diploma and an MBA in Leading Business.
Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director, commented: “People assimilate information in different ways and it is important for the BMF to recognise this and offer a range of learning opportunities for people to explore. This is also one of the first courses we have offered that focuses on the specific skills required by those leading a relatively small business, to take it to the next stage.”
Stewart Barnes, who heads up QuoLux, added: “A major focus of the course is learning from other participants’ experience and with no potential competitors in the room they find it easier to open up about the issues they are facing. More often than not they discover they are not alone. Most problems are common across all business sectors and working together within a supportive peer-group environment is a key factor in the programme’s success.”
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