Are Managers and Leaders Professionally Qualified to do their Jobs?

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Posted by: Jennifer Bramley

Did you know… that more than 75% of the managers & leaders in the UK are not professionally qualified to do the job?

In a time of such huge change and upheaval in almost every sector and with so many challenges to face, doesn’t this seem unwise? Given that it’s never been harder to be effective in leading teams and individuals at any level, many are struggling to deal with the many people challenges, with building their teams, retaining their most talented people and achieving ever-increasing targets and goals. Imagine if we adopted the same approach to doctors, lawyers, dentists or pilots? How many of us would cheerfully get on a plane if we knew that the pilot was an enthusiastic amateur with some experience? Or sit in the dentist’s chair after finding out their qualifications were in carpentry not dentistry? It’s all rather odd

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Many organizations have been doing something about this for some time, supporting their managers at the front-line, in middle-management roles and at senior levels to enable them to upgrade their skills, develop their capabilities and adopt the latest thinking as leaders. If you are in one of those organizations, then that’s great to hear.

But what if you’re not? 

It stands to reason that those who constantly develop and upgrade their capabilities as a manager and leader will be at the front of the queue for promotions, for new roles and for the most interesting projects. With less than 25% of leaders qualified in the role, it means that those who have taken the chance to learn, grow and achieve their professional qualifications will probably have quite an advantage and be much in demand.

Could that be you?

The world is changing. We need good leaders everywhere. Be part of the change and become the best leader you can be; the one you would want to be your leader.

Are you looking for the winning formula with your leadership career? Why not consider a CMI Leadership and Management course?

Get in touch below to find out how, or call us on

01332 613 688

At The National Centre for Strategic Leadership at Babington, we offer a range of programmes that can be undertaken by managers & leaders or ‘rising stars’ at every level, from new to management right through to board level. Our programmes range from Level 3 (first line managers and team leaders) through Level 5 (operational, departmental and middle managers) and on through Levels 6 and 7 (upper and senior roles) to the ultimate of Level 8 (doctoral level) aimed at CEOs and Chairs who have already qualified at a post-graduate level.

Our programmes are blended and offered via a leading-edge online virtual environment of videos, downloads, scenarios and forums, all supported by a designated leadership mentor. Many of our leader candidates have studied with us for years as their career has developed, going from first-line right up to director level.

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