Being a successful manager can give you the opportunity to climb the career ladder, achieve better efficiency and impressive results for you and your team.

At City College Peterborough we offer the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management – a course that is specifically designed to help individuals become great managers and achieve great results.

To give you an idea of what’s involved in the Diploma in Leadership and Management we spoke to Marian Evans, current CMI tutor at City College Peterborough with a wealth of expertise in management. Have a read of the conversation below to find tips and advice on becoming a manager and more about the CMI Diploma:

Hi Marian, thanks for taking the time to chat to us! Can you start off by giving us an idea of what students can expect from a CMI Diploma?

CMI Diploma classes are very varied with people of all ages and different job roles. It is this rich diversity that makes the course so interesting and challenging.

One of the benefits of the course is the opportunity to share experiences and listen to how other people do things differently. The group approach with discussion makes the learning very user friendly.

Great – sounds really interesting. So to whom would you recommend the CMI Diploma? Should they be at a particular stage in their career?

To get the best from this course you need to have had some management experience and be responsible for a team. The CMI course is all about applying your new knowledge and skills so it is important to have opportunities to try it out for real.

Can you tell us a bit more about how you came to be a tutor for the CMI Diploma?

I have previous teaching and business experience and have managed several successful businesses of my own. I still work in industry to keep me grounded and up to date.

I came across City College Peterborough when I was offered some business work by the College as an assessor for ILM (Leadership and Management) and it all started from there!

I really wanted to become a tutor because I felt that I had considerable experience and expertise available to share with others and help them on their journey to becoming a better manager.

As I am at the latter end of my career I felt it was time to give something back to the community – and it has proved hugely rewarding. I recently worked with a student who has found the course very useful and applied many new skills in the workplace. Since completion of the course this student has received a promotion.

Great news! With that story in mind, could you give us a bit of advice for students planning to study whilst working?

Good managers practice good time management. To be an effective manager you need to know how to manage your workload and prioritize accordingly. If you are juggling full time work, studying for a qualification and managing a family, then this is the first lesson to learn!

Finally, can you give us your top tips on how to boost you confidence as a manager and how to develop key leadership skills?

Of course! To boost your confidence as a manager I would say:

  1.  Attend networking events to talk to others in similar situations and to find out how they do it
  2.  Complete a formal qualification in Management and Leadership such as the CMI Diploma Level 5
  3. Work outside your comfort zone to prove to yourself that you can do it after all!

And to develop leadership styles, which the CMI course helps with hugely, I would suggest:

  1. Understanding yourself and your leadership style
  2. Managing individual and team performance
  3. Learning how to make good decisions.

Taking part on a course, such as the CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management, could give you the boost you need to become an even better manager. Find out more about our workplace training courses.