Online course in Business & Management

Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager

Explore the foundations of successful management with this free online course from The Open University and CMI.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the Management and Leadership, Essentials program, which will enable you to earn a CMI Level 5 Award – the first step to Chartered Manager status.

Understand the foundations of management and leadership

This online course will provide an introduction to the foundation skills and knowledge you need when becoming a manager.

It 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.

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

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 10 Jun 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the concepts of management and leadership
  • Understand and evaluate different management and learning styles
  • Identify the need for and the importance of data as evidence in good decision making
  • Identify and define the term 'stakeholders' and gain an understanding of why they are important
  • Begin and develop the on-going process of personal development planning

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for new or aspiring managers, or experienced managers with few or no formal qualifications. It will enable you to demonstrate your continuous professional development and go on to achieve a CMI Level 5 Award as part of the Management and Leadership, Essentials program. If you also complete and pass the Management and Leadership, Personal Development program, you’ll earn another CMI Level 5 Award. Together, these two awards will give you a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership – the next step to Chartered Manager status.

What do people say about this course?

This course helped me to think of the business and organisation management from different angles. It widened my knowledge and showed me new ways for my personal development. It requires much time for some tasks but it is great training and experience for all of us. Thanks a lot to all inventors of this course!

Tamara Rumyantseva

I took this course because I wanted to give myself an opportunity to be able to apply for jobs where they wanted a formal management qualification, which I didn't have. Now with the certificate of achievement, I can show that I have a formal qualification and I can go for those jobs. I put it on my LinkedIn profile and have also added a line in my CV to say that I have this.

Morris Muzyamba

Who will you learn with?

Angela Lilley

Angela Lilley

I work for the OU Business School as Open Media Fellow. I am carrying out Doctoral research in Business Skills online. I am also an Associate Lecturer and I have an MBA and Masters in Online Learning.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

A pioneer in flexible learning for over 30 years, The Open University Business School delivers transformational, high quality business and management education which is quality assured.

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