Developing 21st Century Leaders

CMI’s new research on 21st Century Leaders identified what employers want from new managers. The findings and case studies shared during CMI’s February Higher Education provider conference show significant growth in the skill level of graduates since the last research in 2013.

Two thirds of employers and three quarters of business degree students want students to graduate with professional qualifications, making dual degree and CMI accreditation very attractive.

Graduates with practical management and leadership skills are at the core of employers requirements. CMI’s 2018 HE conference highlighted best practice from CMI’s UK and global HE partners open and closed programmes, presenting coveted awards to the higher education institutions and individuals that are revolutionising graduate employability.

More on the awards on the CMI website

The majority of employers (85%) want students to have work experience, yet only 29% of employers offer placements.

CMI’s higher degree apprenticeships are providing a practical way to integrate academic study, practical management and work experience. Leading employers are using their apprenticeship levy to offer management training to senior leaders and future leaders, attract and retain talent and to attract experienced returners to work.

Employers highlighted two skill areas: managing people and having difficult conversations, which need to be better developed in new managers. Both of these areas require well developed emotional intelligence. I wondered how good employers are at developing these skills within their own organisation.

Common threads for the HEs which were highlighted for their best practice all had a combination of good quality academic learning combined with CMI curriculum, engaged positively local employers and had an active student input.

Do the key research findings resonate with you and your organisation? Does your organisation offer student placements or use the apprenticeship levy to develop leaders? How well equipped do you feel to manage people and to manage difficult conversations well?

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Blog by Jo Strain, CMI Southern Board

Pictured (left to right): Milena Bobeva Associate Dean Global Engagement, MBA Director, Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University, James Marshall, Bournemouth University CMI Student Ambassador, Jo Strain, CMI Southern Board Member and Tyler Lee, Bournemouth University CMI Student Ambassador.

Bournemouth University and its Student Ambassadors took the opportunity to discuss leadership development ideas with Southern Region board.