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Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager (FutureLearn)

Explore the foundations of successful management with this free online course from The Open University and CMI. This free online course will provide an introduction to the foundation skills and knowledge that you need when becoming a manager. The course is designed for new or aspiring managers, who wish to supplement their experience with formal training and begin thinking about their continuing professional development.

Understand the foundations of management and leadership

Over four weeks, the course will enable you to:

– define the concepts of management and leadership;

– evaluate different management and learning styles;

– recognise the need for and importance of data as evidence in good decision making;

– define the term “stakeholders” and explain why they’re important;

– and begin the on-going process of personal development planning.

Learn with The Open University Business School and CMI

The course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB – and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – the leading authority on management and leadership in the UK.

As such, it will give you the opportunity to learn from both academic experts and experienced practitioners, who have achieved the CMI’s prestigious Chartered Manager status.

Take your first step to becoming a Chartered Manager

The course is the first of two from the Open University and the Chartered Management Institute on FutureLearn. By completing both courses and an assessment, you will achieve the CMI Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership – the first step in becoming a Chartered Manager yourself.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – What is Management?

What is management?

Personal development planning

Influencing and communicating

Week 2 – Management Styles

An introduction to management styles

Classic management style theories

The importance of management styles – trust in the workplace

Week 3 – Decision Making and Data

An introduction to decision making

A possible approach to decision making

The importance of data and information

Decision information

Week 4 – Stakeholders

An introduction to stakeholders

Categorising stakeholders

Understanding stakeholders and meeting their needs