High Performance Leadership

ILM Level 5 Certificate Leadership and Management

Who should attend our High Performance Leadership course?

Our High Performance Leadership course is suitable for managers, supervisors and heads of departments who want to apply techniques and devise strategies to create a high performance team.  It is also suitable for new and aspiring managers and supervisors who want to learn about high performance leadership.

It is recommended as a first course for team leaders, supervisors and managers who may be attending for the first time or as a refresher for those who have attended this training before or have more experience.

There are no prerequisites for attending this course.

Dates of next course (on-line; 5 days)

  • 3rd February 2022
  • 3rd March 2022
  • 31st March 2022
  • 28th April 2022
  • 26th May 2022

To book a place or make an enquiry, please complete the booking form on the right.

ILM Lv 5 High Performance Leadership Request

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What Will Learners Gain From Participation?

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By the end of this 5 day programme on High Performance Leadership, participants will be able to increase the performance and competitiveness of their organisations through enhanced leadership:

  • Developing an enhanced understanding of the drivers and blockers of individual and team performance
  • Creating powerful personal and organisational strategies to drive greater results through well-being, time and stress management both personally and for employees
  • Exploring own and others preferred communication styles, how these styles interact, and creating strategies to build highly productive relationships across their organisation
  • Creating a ‘psychologically safe’ work environment and knowing how to empower others to bring their creativity, innovation and originality to work every day
  • Knowing how to establish an effective ‘challenge’ function in their organisations to drive critical thinking, problem anticipation and problem solving for high performance


Approach & Course Outline


Participants will benefit from a course and approach designed to be responsive to their needs.  We don’t like an ‘off-the-shelf’ approach, instead preferring to carry out a pre-course discovery activity to uncover what the group needs from the course.  Then we adapt our course to meet these needs – no two courses are ever exactly the same.

Throughout the course, participants will benefit from a highly interactive approach, designed to be challenging but also to continually adapt and respond to the learners.

Participants will enjoy the benefits of a highly experienced ILM practitioner as their tutor on this course (see below).  He provides detailed guidance, advice and feedback, supporting each individual participant towards successful achievement of this qualification.


High Performance Leadership: Course Outline

Course Overview

Day Topic Key Content
1 Leadership: driving productivity and performance
  • Pre-course: employee engagement survey
  • ILM qualification & assessment: induction
  • Authentic & engaging leadership models
  • Consider employee engagement in your team
  • Improving your own engagement to engage your team
  • Toolkit: Strategies for team members to ‘choose’ high performance
2 Fit for high performance
  • Assess impact of own time management on your team
  • Understanding your work-life balance and how it influences your leadership potency
  • Identify the signs of stress and tension taking appropriate action to reduce stress in your team
  • Understand your own mindset and lead team resilience through building your own resilience
  • Creating a healthy culture for performance
  • Toolkit: building a healthy culture for performance
3 Building productive relationships
  • Pre-session: Forte Communication Styles Profile
  • 1-1 coaching session: individual Forte communication strengths report
  • Explore impact of primary communication strength on team performance
  • Understanding the key communication strengths and devise a plan to communicate with each
  • Developing strategies to adapt your communication styles to influence others
  • Exploring the impact of others’ communication strengths on how you communicate and perform
  • Toolkit: Communication action plan
4 Optimising team performance
  • Pre-session: 360 feedback questionnaire (leadership)
  • Exploring 360 feedback report and creating an action plan to develop leadership
  • Analysing the blockages of communication and clarity in own team/ organisation
  • Encouraging leadership to follow ‘expertise’ in your team based on understanding individual strengths
  • Assess your team to identify individual strengths using a ‘Team Stages Analysis’
  • Know how to delegate effectively
  • Developing and unleashing talent in your team
  • Toolkit: Team stages analysis and action plan to develop talent
5 Creative problem solving
  • Pre-session: Creative problem solving brief
  • Applying the problem solving mastermind approach in your workplace
  • Practical: Mastermind
  • Understanding the blockages to creative problem solving in the workplace
  • Psychological safety – its importance to creative problem solving and techniques to build a safe team
  • Exploring the benefits of creative problem solving and innovation to team and individual performance
  • Toolkit: problem solving mastermind kit & psychological safety plan


ILM Level 5 Certificate

This course leads to an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management. Learners will receive full guidance and support throughout the 5 day course and beyond to successfully complete the assessments.  Assessments will be completed in guided stages throughout the 5 day course.

Participants will complete the following units:

Unit No Unit Title Credit Value
8607-504 Leading Innovation & Change 5
8607-506 Managing Stress & Conflict in the Organisation 3
8607-520 Assessing Own Leadership Capability and Performance 6
8607-522 Becoming an Effective Leader 5
8607-415 Motivating People in the Workplace 2
  Total Credits 21


Meet the Trainer

Nigel McPolin

Founder & CEO

An MSc Occupational Psychology graduate from the School of
Psychology, Queen’s University of Belfast , Nigel has over 23 years’
experience across the sectors – public, private and not-for-profit.

He is a highly experienced ILM practitioner, having established his first Approved ILM Centre in 2005.  Since then, he has successfully delivered ILM accredited programmes in Leadership & Management, Coaching and Mentoring and Train the Trainer to a wide range of clients across the sectors and hundreds of learners.

Nigel enjoys a 100% success rate in guidling learners to achievement of ILM qualifications.  He has been able to achieve and maintain this record through a diligent understanding of ILM specifications, assessment and quality assurance requirements and working to exceed all requirements.  He is also a former ILM External Quality Assurance Consultant with over 10 years’ experience.

Contact Details:

tel: +44 (0)28 9581 8090
mobile: +44 (0)79 6875 6056
email: nigel@etimes2.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigel-mcpolin/

Twitter: @etimes2ltd

Client Testimonials

“All training was clear, precise and well communicated.  Time was taken to help make you understand the task or project and make you see it from another point of view”

“Nigel is a fantastic trainer, great knowledge and experience of course.  He really helped me overcome nerves/fears while training” 

“The activities really put the information into context and in some cases allowed me to apply it back to my work situation almost immediately.”

“Nigel’s ability to speak around the content was excellent, he is clearly knowledgeable and experienced in this area.”

“Nigel has spent a lot of time preparing the course content. Hands down it was the best presented course I have been on and it had all the tools including ‘Nigel’s School’ as a back-up which I thought was outstanding”


Follow-Up Support

Participants on etimes2 training programmes are invited to join our exclusive social media group for on-going support and development.  This is open-ended and included in the cost.

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