Level 5

CMI Level 5 in Management & Leadership (RQF)

Designed for the more experienced manager, the Level 5 CMBD Management and Leadership programme consists of six one-day workshop sessions. Work-based assignments can also be completed to gain an optional CMI qualification if required. The qualification is also available via distance learning with personal tutor support.

Course Overview

The purpose of the programme is to challenge the delegates to analyse their leadership style and to look at the culture and leadership style of their organisation. This is a rich area of study and we will look at the work of many of the contributors in this area. At the heart of the programme is the CMI Level 5 Qualification in Management & Leadership. This is an internationally recognised qualification with guided hours of learning leading to the completion of work-based assignments. The six workshops provide 36 guided learning hours, the remainder (depending on which option candidates are taking) coming from completing the assignments. Completion of the qualification is optional and requires registration of the candidate with the awarding body.

For much more detail and information on the qualification aspect, please feel free to browse or download the CMI documents in the 'Downloads' section below.

The benefits for the individuals taking part include:

  • Understanding yourself as a senior manager and leader
  • Being able to analyse the differences between leadership and management functions
  • Being able to alter the balance between management and leadership functions as required
  • Understanding the link between organisational objectives and team and individual targets
  • An understanding of ‘Authentic’ leadership and the role of communication in achieving objectives
  • The availability of a nationally recognised qualification (optional)
  • The opportunity for peer based learning and review

The benefits to the delegate organisation include:

  • Senior Managers that understand the links and differences between management and leadership
  • Senior Managers with the skill and knowledge to manage their own and others development
  • Senior Managers who know how to link organisational objectives to team and individual targets
  • An optional qualification that embeds the knowledge and understanding gained from the course
  • Senior managers with the knowledge required to make a step-change in performance

What You Will Learn

Each of the six workshops is self-contained and focuses on a particular aspect of the course. The content is challenging and requires delegates to have appropriate management and leadership experience (but not previous formal management training). Indicative module content is outlined below for each of the six days of the programme. The course content is supported by an on-line resource centre and delegates are lent an appropriate text book for the duration of their course (Organisational Behaviour Huczynski & Buchanan).

  • What are the fundamental differences between leadership and management (Drucker, Adair, Blanchard & Johnson, Turnbull, Ulrich et al)?
  • The management/leadership continuum (Tannenbaum & Schmidt).
  • The impact of personal energy, commitment and self-belief on leadership style and results
  • How empowerment and trust through ‘ethical’ leadership impact on organisational practice (Bryson & Crosby, Kanter and Gill)
  • The contrasts between transactional and transformational leadership
  • Trait theory, situational leadership, functional leadership and style theory (Macgregor, Blake & Moulton, Adair, Burns, Bass et al).
  • How to interpret the situation and apply an appropriate leadership style to achieve organisational objectives.
  • The communication strategy required to achieve organisational objectives.

Homework: To consider the leadership styles of the organisation and to assess the effectiveness of these, comparing own leadership techniques and style. Case studies and reading set by tutor for group discussion.

  • Identifying the links between organisational, team and individual objectives.
  • Concepts of organisational alignment and structure (golden thread theory).
  • Team Autonomy and how to achieve the correct balance (Gulowsen).
  • The characteristics of high performing teams and how to create them.
  • The influence of the group on individuals (The Hawthorne Experiments et al).
  • Belbin team roles and other models as assessment tools.
  • Group formation, structure and communication issues.
  • Performance managing individuals and teams to achieve organisational objectives.

Homework: To assess the team autonomy position, team role strengths and weaknesses of own team, identifying opportunities to improve team and individual performance. Case studies and reading set by tutor for group discussion.


Morning session

  • Drives, motives and motivation determine goals, decisions and influence? Discuss
  • Motivation content and process theory.
  • Baseline motivation theories and concepts (Maslow, McGregor & Hertzburg).
  • Is it more complicated? Expectancy and Equity theory (Adams, Vroom).
  • Incentive schemes, good or bad?

Afternoon session

  • Planning techniques and the planning cycle
  • Problem solving methodology
  • Planning and problem solving exercise

Homework: How does motivation relate to the organisational culture in terms of mission, vision and values? Case studies and reading set by tutor for group discussion.

  • Knowledge Management techniques and practice (Dixon, Davenport & Prusak).
  • Communication as a management and leadership tool.
  • Vision, mission, organisational, team and individual objectives.
  • Organisational communication case studies and lessons.
  • Interpersonal communication components and barriers (Kotter, Mintzberg).
  • Barriers to effective organisational communication and how to overcome them.
  • Coding, decoding and perception.
  • The significance of non-verbal communication.
  • Transactional Analysis (Berne).

Homework: To identify organisational barriers to effective communication and how to overcome these. Are we sending the right message, and are we listening to the answer? Case studies and reading set by tutor for group discussion.


Morning session

  • Re-active versus pro-active management and leadership
  • Personal development and skill audit.
  • Identifying opportunities for self-development.
  • Creating a self-development strategy and plan.

Afternoon session

  • Strategic project management concepts and techniques
  • Identifying and managing project stake-holders.
  • Achieving strategic goals through projects.
  • Assessing project risk.
  • A practical project (video based exercise that carries into day 6).

Homework: To identify a project that will achieve a strategic goal for the organisation and to plan that project. Case studies and reading set by tutor for group discussion.

  • Conclusion of practical project exercise from day 5.
  • The role of the manager and leader in developing team and individual capability.
  • Coaching, mentoring and training techniques.
  • Questioning skills and techniques – peeling away the layers? (Role play exercises with video feedback).
  • Individual and team development and the role of the appraisal in achieving organisational objectives.
  • The GROW model of coaching.

Who Should Attend

The programme is designed for middle managers and those aspiring to senior management. The qualification is flexible and allows delegates to focus on management areas relevant to their job-role. Completion of the Certificate at level 5 provides a progression route to Diploma level if required at a later date. Candidates may come from any size organisation and the programme can be run on an in-house basis or be attended on an open course.

Further Information

The programme is designed for six to twelve delegates and can be run in-house with bespoke content to suit your organisation if required. Please contact us for details of this service and for delegate fees.

Should delegates require registration with the awarding body to complete any of the optional Level 5 qualifications that are available with this programme, then a further fee (to cover CMI registration, tutorial support and assignment marking) will be payable. The fee depends on which level qualification is taken.

The qualification options are shown below but we suggest that you discuss with us which level may be most appropriate for your delegates. TUT means total unit time.

  • Award 40 TUT hours (one assignment)
  • Certificate 121 TUT hours (usually 3 assignments)
  • Diploma 370 TUT hours (5 or 6 assignments depending on which chosen)

Further CMI qualification information can also be found in the Downloads section below.


Abi joined us on an open Level 5 course and sent us the feedback below. Since then, we have delivered a number of in-house courses to her management team and continue to support her with her training needs.

"Hi Brent, I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for Tuesday. It was great! So good to be involved in learning once again and I thought the content, delivery and sequence of the day was perfect. I'm really looking forward to session 2! Thank you once again. Kindest regards". Abi Priestley MD Oakrange Engineering Rotherham

Course Tutors

Brent is the Director of Training at The Centre for Management & Business Development Ltd (CMBD). He is the lead tutor on the Level 7 and Level 5 management development programmes and his responsibilities include the development of the tutors and trainers as well as overseeing course content and quality.

Upcoming Locations & Dates

Jan 2022
CMI Management & Leadership (RQF)
Hexgreave Hall Farnsfield Nottinghamshire
Day 1
Wed 12th
Jan 2022
Day 2
Wed 26th
Jan 2022
Day 3
Wed 9th
Feb 2022
Day 4
Wed 23rd
Feb 2022
Day 5
Wed 9th
Mar 2022
Day 6
Wed 23rd
Mar 2022

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