ILM – Institute of Leadership and Management
What is the ILM?
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is the UK’s largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.
ILM is founded on the principle that skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive workforces that deliver organisational and economic success. Our qualifications and membership services combine to drive up the standards of leadership and management and improve individual and team performance.
Last year 90,000 people enhanced their leadership and management skills with an ILM qualification, while over 30,000 ambitious management professionals secured increased professional recognition and support through ILM membership.
ILM formed in November 2001 through the merger of the Institute of Supervision and Management (ISM) and NEBS Management (National Examining Board for Supervision & Management).
Learning in the workplace
Management training and development only has value if it can be used to help leaders and managers improve their performance. ILM does this by linking what is learnt to what happens in the learner’s own workplace, and focusing on how this can be used to deliver real gains, for both the learner and their employer.
Applying what is being learnt to the workplace is all about exploring what happens there, how people perform, what systems and procedures exist, and why this is. Actual practice is compared and contrasted with theoretical ideas and with best practice elsewhere, to promote understanding and also to evaluate different models and their suitability.
Making improvements is the key focus of the assessment activities used on ILM qualifications. It is not enough to ‘know that’; effective leaders and managers need to ‘know how’ – how to improve their own performance, their team’s performance and their organisation’s performance. Assessment activities focus on just that, so that leadership training and development represents a real investment in improvement.
Management qualifications lie at the heart of ILM’s offering. Combining innovative design with a strong focus on developing workplace performance, the Level 3 Qualification in First Line management is explicitly designed to meet the needs of managers and their organisations.
Development of leadership capability is just as important as the development of management capability, but the focus is very different. Management covers a broad range of activities, such as planning and allocating work, recruiting staff, controlling costs and budgets, and establishing effective communication systems. By contrast leadership primarily concentrates on individual personal behaviour and relationships with others.
The ILM Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management offers the chance to bring these two qualities together and was designed after an ever increasing demand for this bridge between the two in a qualification.
All candidates are able to choose from a diverse range of optional units to build their qualification – the Award or Certificate. This high level of flexibility allows individuals or their employers to custom build a qualification focusing on the key areas of first line management that are most relevant to the demands of a specific role, industry or organisation. From managing health and safety to planning change in the workplace, the ILM qualifications can be fully tailored to meet the varying needs of learners across all employment sectors.
ILM Level 3: Qualifications in Leadership
The ILM Level 3 qualifications in Leadership have been specially designed for aspiring or practising first line managers to develop essential leadership knowledge and skills.
The Award in Leadership is a short, single-unit qualification examining leadership theories and how these theories can be used to improve leadership practice. The award is ideal for aspiring first line managers who want to learn about the nature and role of leadership but may not have the opportunity to practice it.
The Certificate in Leadership aims to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become an effective leader. The first unit covers the theory of leadership while the second is devoted to a unique ‘leadership journey’ – a programme using action learning and a reflective log to develop and practice the skills of leadership in the workplace.
ILM Level 3: Qualifications in First Line Management
The ILM Level 3 Award in First Line Management and ILM Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management are qualifications that have been specially designed to give practising or aspiring first line managers a solid foundation in their formal development as a manager.
The Award is a concise qualification which gives an introduction to the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required by today’s first line manager. The mandatory unit ‘Solving Problems and Making Decisions’ is designed to develop practical techniques for tackling managerial problems and making decisions from gathering and interpreting information through to the effective communication of outcomes.
The Certificate provides a more comprehensive programme that builds and broadens the skills and knowledge gained in the Award (please note candidates may join the Certificate directly and are not required to undertake the Award as a prerequisite). Here organisational change is explored, giving participants a deeper understanding of this critical workplace issue and providing them with the tools to plan for and deal with organisational upheaval. The crucial skill of time management is also explored in the fourth mandatory unit for the Certificate.
ILM Level 5: Qualifications in Leadership
The ILM Level 5 qualifications in Leadership are specially designed for middle managers looking to increase their leadership knowledge and skills.
The Award in Leadership is a short, single-unit qualification exploring leadership roles and theories, self-leadership, emotional intelligence, winning and maintaining commitment, and setting and communicating direction. It is particularly useful for middle managers who lack the opportunity to engage actively in leadership but who are preparing to do so, or for managers employed in a leadership role who are keen to underpin their practice with a clearer knowledge of the principles of leadership.
The Certificate in Leadership expands on the award with a second unit focusing on the ‘leadership journey’ – a progressive programme using action learning plus a reflective log to develop leadership skills in the workplace. This qualification is designed for middle managers, particularly those preparing to move into a more senior leadership role, who are required to lead larger groups of people to achieve organisational goals.
ILM Level 5: Qualifications in Leadership and Management Skills
The ILM Level 5 Award and ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management Skills have been designed to give practising or aspiring middle managers a solid foundation for their formal development in this role.
The Award is a concise qualification made up of two mandatory units. In the first unit, ‘Understanding the management role’, participants explore the nature of the middle management role and critically evaluate their own managerial ability. In the second mandatory unit, ‘Assessing your own leadership capability and performance’, participants explore leadership styles within their organisation, the commitment and motivation of their teams and their own ability to motivate teams to meet organisational goals.
The Certificate builds on the leadership and management skills gained in the Award through a choice of additional units covering a variety of leadership and management topics. (Please note participants are not required to undertake the Award as a prerequisite and may join the Certificate directly). From ‘Developing the manager as a critical thinker’ to ‘Making professional presentations’ the Certificate in Leadership and Management Skills can be tailored to meet the varying needs of participants across all employment sectors.