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Leading Through COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis is unlike any we have seen in recent memory. It is a time of great uncertainty, of great change. Whether this change will head in a positive or negative direction entirely depends upon the ability of the human race to adapt and tackle challenges. The impact of this pandemic on our collective physical, mental, and economic health has elements in common with the 1918 influenza pandemic, the wave of terror bombings in the early 2000s, and the economic crash of 2008. It’s an inflection point, beyond which our personal and professional lives will be changed in ways we can’t yet fully understand.

We cannot give up now. Organisations must function, services must be provided, demand and supply must be consistent and we must persevere. This is a time that calls for excellent leadership and strategy more than any other time that we have seen in the recent past. This is why knowing what to do and how to become an effective leader is now more important than ever before.

Spend your money wisely

One of the main things that you need to pay attention to, is how you are spending your currency. Make sure that all your finances are settled and stable as much as possible so that your employees will get their pay on time. Yes, it seems like there may be pay cuts coming our way but your employees need to feed their families just like you do.

Don’t be a superhero – be human

Particularly in a crisis of long duration, you need to resist the urge to try to be a superhero. Many people working together, not a few individuals carrying all of the weight, will overcome the adversity of the current moment. The most effective leaders will create the space and climate where collaboration, compassion, and service are rewarded. They will continually push to find clarity about what’s happening and what it means, and share it. Organisations whose leaders help their people derive power from the deeper meaning of their collective efforts consistently outperform their peers while earning their social license to operate.

Activate your moral compass

Most organisations have a values statement and a code of ethics, but leaders rarely reference them explicitly. Now is the time to change that. It’s more important than ever to do the right thing: take the long view on customer relationships, coworker engagement, and brand reputation. As a leader, you exert a major force on the ethics of the entire organisation. Ensure that your compass keeps efforts pointed at true north by sharing how ethics shape the core operating principles.

Lead with compassion. Lead effectively

As the impact of COVID-19 intensifies globally, the need for compassionate and effective leadership grows day by day. Your strategies, communication and leadership skills will be put to the ultimate test as you navigate the thin line between bringing your team together and letting years of hard work add up to nothing. This includes advice on how to maintain productivity, collaboration, and learning among teams that may need to work remotely during this crisis. Don’t let the pandemic control your business, rather, adapt and progress to suit the current climate.

Education and training has a bi role to play in helping you hone your leadership skills and management at a time such as this. While in quarantine at home, take up suitable accredited courses like the ones Global Edulink offers so that you can make the most of this situation.

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Management and Leadership

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Management and Leadership is designed for learners to gain skills and technical knowledge to assist with managing people, stakeholders and performance within operational areas of responsibility. Individuals who are working as Business Managers or Area Managers will find this programme highly effective. The qualification will make learners competent to become high performing individuals with knowledge in a wide array of areas including   leadership and management, personal and professional development and resource planning. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to establish productive relationships in the workplace and apply their principles and practices when it comes to conflict management and conflict resolution.

After successful completion of this course, you can go on to study further units in order to gain the Pearson Level 5 Award or Certificate in Management and Leadership, or the Pearson Edexcel Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership and gain employment opportunities in positions such as Senior Manager, Director and Head of Department.

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership extends the work-related focus from the level 5 Certificate.  The qualification prepares learners in a vocational sector or is perfect for individuals who have decided that they want to follow a specific area of work.    

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership is an extensive programme aimed at individuals who want to advance in their career within their current employment or attain high level positions in an enterprise. The programme offers the relevant skills and knowledge needed for individuals to be successful in middle management. The topics covered provide learners with an essential underpinning knowledge to make it a comprehensive and rounded development opportunity.

CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

The CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is an in-depth course that will enable learners to explore new perspectives of leadership and management within the workplace. The CMI qualification is recognisable and highly valued because it is an essential component of becoming an effective manager. Upon gaining the Extended Diploma learners can progress to higher levels of study including a MBA top-up programme or Post-graduate certification in education.

The course will discuss key topics such as the development and performance of staff who want to gain in-depth understanding of organisational strategy and build on their existing experience.

On the successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to work for a number of job roles in the corporate world. This certificate will also help you with your career progression goals, as it builds on your knowledge and expertise to move ahead in the industry. Following are some of the job roles this certificate will qualify you for, along with the average UK salary per annum according to https://www.payscale.com/career-path-planner,

  • Project Manager – £38,256 per annum
  • Business Manager – £34.612 per annum
  • Business Development Manager – £34,077 per annum
  • Operations Manager – £34,673 per annum
  • Administrative Manager – £24,223 per annum
  • Team Leader – £24,249 per annum
  • Customer Service Team Leader – £23,157 per annum
  • Strategy Manager – £50,891 per annum
  • Strategy Consultant – £47,578 per annum

Don’t worry too much about things that you do not have in your control. Rather channel all that energy to a positive avenue where you can come out of this pandemic with better success and strength. COVID-19 will not stay forever. So when the storm passes, make sure you come out on top. To join our programmes contact our team on support@globaledulink.co.uk

April 16, 2020

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