BM7951: Developing Skills for Business Leadership


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BM7951: Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Module Title Developing Skills for Business Leadership
Module Code BM7951
Module Tutor John Hepworth
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

A key purpose of this module is thus to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.  The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership and for post graduate study. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. The module also seeks to develop further more-specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development. 

Indicative Syllabus
  1. Self-awareness, dimensions of personality and individual differences, time management, personal organising skills, stress management; principles of continuous professional development; professional and ethical approaches to self-management at work.          
  2. Characteristics of effective teams and team-building, assertiveness, interpersonal communication, effective negotiation, handling emotion and conflict, written, verbal and non-verbal communication, networking, negotiating; organisational politics and the need to act in a politically astute and ethical manner to secure HR objectives; liaising with customers.
  3. Systematic and evidence-based decision-making, testing ideas, creative and team-based decision-making, evaluating evidence and options, ethical decision-making; communicating and justifying decisions; proactive approaches to problem-solving; consulting skills.
  4. Effective supervision and team leadership, coaching and mentoring, effective delegation, resolving conflict between team members, positively motivating others to raise their level of performance; chairing meetings and co-ordinating discussions; leading and facilitating change; providing direction; influencing thinking and decision-making on the part of others.
  5. Structure, content and interpretation of simple balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and trading statements; ratio analysis; basic costing concepts and techniques; cash flow and cash budgets; budgetary planning and control.
  6. Information-handling skills, commonly used IT applications and software packages, statistical techniques and the presentation of statistical data.
  7. Selection interviewing, appraisal interviewing, disciplinary interviewing; delivering training, making presentations; project management; managing poor performance (including absence, lateness and incompetence).
  8. Accessing and evaluating published research evidence, critical thinking, developing and justifying original arguments, referencing the work of others, effective essay and report-writing; effective revision and examination preparation.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:


  1. Manage themselves more effectively at work or in another professional context. (CIPD 7SBL 1)
  2. Manage interpersonal relationships at work more effectively. (CIPD 7SBL 2)
  3. Make sound and justifiable decisions and solve problems more effectively. (CIPD 7SBL 3)
  4. Lead and influence others more effectively. (CIPD 7SBL 4)
  5. Interpret financial information and manage financial resources. (CIPD 7SBL 5)
  6. Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency. (CIPD 7SBL 6)
  7. Demonstrate an essential people management skill-set. (CIPD 7SBL 7)
  8. Demonstrate competence in postgraduate study skills. (CIPD 7SBL 8)
Learning and Teaching Activities

Work Based Learning delivery students will devise an agreed work plan with their Advisor to meet their individual learning needs to achieve the module learning outcomes

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 4500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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