Oxford Home Study Centre specialises in flexible and accessible online courses, open for enrolment throughout the year and with no formal entry requirements to fulfil. Our most advanced Leadership and Management Diploma covers the following topics and knowledge areas over a series of 15 modules:
Module 1 - Understanding Management and Leadership
The course begins by examining the differences and similarities between management and leadership, while presenting and discussing the primary leadership styles. Module One also looks at onboarding and orientation, understanding your comfort zone as a leader and a series of typical management/leadership responsibilities.
Module 2 - Improving Management and leadership Performance
Module Two focuses on personal development in the field of management and leadership, discussing the tasks involved on the journey towards achieving personal mastery. The objectives of vision statements and value statements are also examined, along with practical pointers for establishing and achieving a shared vision.
Module 3 - Developing a High-Performing Team
An overview of the high-performing team development process follows in Module Three, with a step by step guide to building and maintaining cohesive teams. The potential advantages and disadvantages of team-based work are also discussed, along with how teams can help employees grow, develop and advance.
Module 4 - Motivating Employees
Module Four discusses tangible and intangible incentives as major employee motivators, along with how motivating factors vary significantly from one person to the next. Tips and guidelines for tackling demotivation are also provided, alongside a look at the most the common causes of low motivation in the workplace.
Module 5 - Talent Management
The cornerstones and characteristics of an effective talent management programme are discussed in Module Five. Topics covered include the shared management model, strategic approaches to talent management, identifying talent, understanding competencies, how to conduct a basic risk assessment and the use of development plans.
Module 6 - Succession Planning
Module Six examines the value and importance of effective succession planning, outlining the most important components of a succession plan and how to gather essential information. A step-by-step guide to creating a succession plan is also provided, along with a look at the risks associated with failing to plan for all eventualities.
Module 7 - Business Process Management
The functions and objectives of business process management are discussed in Module Seven, which also outlines a series of essential process management activities. Candidates consider each primary process management phase individually - the vision phase, design phase, modelling phase, execution phase, monitoring phase and optimising phase.
Module 8 - Communication Skills
Advanced communication skills as a leadership essential are examined in Module Eight, which focuses on potential communication barriers and how to overcome them. Candidates also consider the criticality of active listening skills, along with how to use questioning skills to extract information during discourse.
Module 9 - Negotiation Techniques
Practical pointers for becoming a more confident negotiator follow in Module Nine, which provides a detailed breakdown of the phases of negotiation and the different types of negotiations. Tips and guidelines for making negotiations easier are also provided, along with the importance of practicing how to negotiate on a regular basis.
Module 10 - Managing Meetings and Giving Feedback
A step-by-step guide to organising and managing meetings follows in Module 10, which takes a look at the functions and objectives of several different types of meetings. Additional topics covered include tips for more effective presentations, the constructive way to offer feedback and techniques for effective information gathering.
Module 11 - Managing Change
Change as a constant in all workplace environments is discussed in Module 11, which examines the human reaction to change and the importance of proactively adapting to change. Candidates are also presented with a detailed breakdown of the change cycle and its component stages.
Module 12 - Managing Time
Tips for making more efficient use of time follow in Module 12, which touches upon the benefits of setting up a routine. Additional topics covered include strategic task prioritisation, changing perspectives for improved time management, how to combat procrastination and the benefits of setting goals with the SPIRIT model.
Module 13 - Stress Management
Exercises and activities for managing stress are presented and discussed in Module 13, in which candidates consider the most common causes of stress in the workplace. The importance of acknowledging stress as something that cannot always be avoided is emphasised, along with the connection between stress management and time management.
Module 14 - Managing Conflict
The art of effective dispute resolution is discussed in Module 14, which considers the consequences and potential benefits of confrontations. The importance of taking proactive control over anger in the workplace is also discussed, along with the benefits of preventing problems from occurring in the first place.
Module 15 - Risk Management
Concluding the course, Module 15 outlines the functions and objectives of key risk management activities. Topics covered include identifying risks, categorising and prioritising risks, choosing appropriate risk mitigation methods and the use of important risk management tools.
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