Lee Downton of Sigma Sigma Precision Components in Farnborough has become the first accredited graduate of the Sharing in Growth Lighthouse Team Leader Academy.
Lee was presented with his accreditation certificate by Sharing in Growth (SiG) operations executive Malcolm James after some six months of learning.
The SiG academy was launched in 2018 to develop highly talented leadership for this generation and the next by helping attendees understand what is expected of the team leader role and how to perform it successfully.
To date almost 100 delegates have:
· learned how to operate within relevant employment law and regulatory frameworks,
· explored wider influencing factors that enable teams to operate at their best,
· gained an appreciation of how operational performance impacts financial results,
· developed the communications skills to lead, coach and motivate others,
· developed confidence in leading teams through continuous improvement and problem solving activities.
The six-month syllabus includes ten modules with eleven training days backed by one-to-one on-site coaching from Sharing in Growth’s experts to ensure that the learning is tailored to the individual and quickly embedded through implementation on the job. Delegates all visit SiG partners Toyota UK to study world class team leader standards in action.
In order to be accredited, delegates, who have completed the whole programme, must demonstrate practical evidence of their new behaviours and skills to satisfy both their sponsoring employer and a Sharing in Growth expert committee.
Said Malcolm James: “Accreditation marks completion of the first stage of development. It means team leaders have learnt the tools and behaviours essential to carry out the vital team leader role successfully. Having established this platform, team leaders can continue to develop and show their tenacity in deploying their news skills to effect real improvement in challenging environments. Lee has already affected massive change in his area of business and is a true role model for colleagues.”
Lee Downton found the course so useful that he made a blog that is now being used in the induction of other delegates. Not only did he thank Sigma for putting him on the course, he also praised the training and coaching, and said he enjoyed the opportunity to problem solve with other delegates. He said: ”The course has been really great. It’s straightforward –no acronyms that I don’t understand. With the way I am implementing it in the business, it’s been a real help. I thoroughly recommend it. It took me out of some of my comfort zones – which I needed.”
The SiG Lighthouse Team Leader Academy includes modules in industrial relations, safe working, personal effectiveness, people and teams, quality and continuous improvement, finance, the role of the leader, operational go-look-see, effective communications and leading high performing teams. Places on the academy are available through the Sharing in Growth programme which currently has available vacancies for ambitious aerospace companies whose annual sales turnover is at least £10 million.