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Given that managers are always on the go, we’ve handpicked the 9 most practical SkillsFuture courses to ensure that you get the leadership training you need to get to where you want to be.
1. Attaining Personal Empowerment
Becoming a better manager is a constant process of improvement towards personal excellence. Based on John Maxwell’s signature leadership series of programmes, Attaining Personal Empowerment enables you to realise your potential by teaching you practical approaches to building winning relationships, communicating effectively and leading team decision making. Although the course will push you out of your comfort zone, it will help you to bring out your signature leadership qualities and leadership style.
2. Maximizing People Capital
Bringing out the best in those around you is the key to doing good work. But to do that, you must learn how to be a good leader and role model first! Maximizing People Capital is a leadership training course which teaches you how to identify and address your team’s development needs. By being aware of your team’s present and future requirements, you will be empowered to motivate them to work independently and in a way that they strive to improve their own work autonomously.
3. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Designed for those with little to no project management experience, PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) equips you with the fundamentals, terminology and processes required to be an effective project manager. Covering a wide range of subjects such as integration, scope, communications, stakeholder, risk and time management, the CAPM is perfect for project managers who are seeking professional accreditation, but lack the requirements to apply for Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification.
4. Project Management Professional (PMP)®
If you want to go beyond the CAPM and stand out from the crowd as a project management professional, then the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is for you. Recognised as the standard of the profession worldwide, you will learn how to apply project management methodology so that you may lead and deliver projects on time and on budget. However, it should be noted that to sit for the PMP® certification exam, you must meet certain requirements.
5. Strategies for Effective Team Communication
An effective team is a team that communicates effectively. Rather than allowing communication to just happen, proactive managers use their leadership skills to facilitate the process. Strategies for Effective Team Communication helps you to do this by empowering you to promote effective communication within your team, utilise different communication techniques to suit different communication styles and settings, and resolve conflicts.
6. Lead Workplace Communication and Engagement
If you want to be a good leader, you must take on the responsibility of how well your team is communicating, even if you are not directly involved in what is being communicated. Lead Workplace Communication and Engagement equips you with the leadership skills and confidence to take charge of communications in the workplace by identifying communication gaps and barriers, developing and disseminating communication strategies and conducting negotiations for win-win outcomes.
7. Foster Transformation Through Service Redesign
There’s no doubt that organisations rely on the imagination and ideas of their employees to keep moving forward. Thus, it is incredibly important that managers cultivate a culture that inspires everyone to dream and think big. Adapting the principles of the Design Thinking framework from ESSEC Business School, Foster Transformation Through Service Redesign is an experiential course which helps you to promote a service innovation culture, and generate, implement and evaluate service innovation ideas that expand beyond existing capabilities.
8. From Diversity to Inclusion
The most effective teams are those which comprised of a diverse array of skills, talents and experiences. Embracing that diversity however, is rarely simple in practice. From Diversity to Inclusion empowers you to get the most out of your team’s diverse capabilities by teaching you how to handle it through inclusiveness, emotional intelligence and resilience. Through this course, you will also embark on useful approaches to understand yourself better through self-reflection and other insightful activities.
9. International Computer Driving Licence
You wouldn’t drive a car without proper training and a license, would you? So isn’t it ironic how most of us use programs like Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint on a daily basis without having any formal training on how to use them properly? Fortunately, there is the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) to teach you everything that you need to know about Microsoft Office in a practical manner. With base, standard and advanced modules, you can be assured that there will be a programme full of Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel tutorials to suit your experience level.