Kardelen Training

Self Development as a Manager and Leader

Personal management habits common to successful high performing people; and how to adopt them skilfully to develop as a manager and leader.

Self Development as a Manager and Leader


Participants will learn and practise a set of personal management habits, essential for workplace performance, and common to highly successful people. Skilful adoption of these practices will help participants develop rapidly as managers and leaders:

  • Taking control and personal responsibility for actions and results
  • Finding the sweet spot for participants’ talents, where enthusiasm and distinctive strengths can be used in work opportunities
  • Setting objectives for every activity
  • Setting a personal long term vision, a set of medium and short term goals, and development priorities
  • Time management: creating blocks of attention for important work, triaging urgent tasks
  • Identifying and addressing destructive work habits, and deliberately bedding in good habits
  • Establishing an informal team to advise, challenge & support
  • Better communication: active listening and tangible language
  • Managing upwards: clarifying vague delegation and managing expectations

Course Content

1. Taking Control
  • Adopting a proactive approach to personal career direction and performance: facing current reality; taking responsibility for actions and results; making & keeping commitments; prioritising solutions and contributions over criticism; focusing only  on controllables
  • Exploring enthusiasm for different aspects of current and prospective roles, highlighting roles of greatest motivation
  • Understanding personal strengths and weaknesses, and which strengths are distinctively valuable
  • Finding and developing the sweet spot for personal talent: where distinctive strengths and areas of enthusiasm match with work opportunities
2. Setting a Vision and Making it Happen
  • Creating an inspiring long term vision to motivate performance and provide personal satisfaction
  • Setting personal goals for the short and medium term
  • Understanding the importance of goals for learning and skills development, to complement performance and outcomes
3. Adopting Excellent Working Habits
  •  Overcoming the tyranny of the urgent: managing time and attention to ensure the most important tasks are done well; building in time for recovery and investment in capability
  • Setting objectives for every activity
  • Removing distractions, and creating blocks of focused attention for essential work
  • Identifying & addressing bad work habits; bedding in good habits
  • Practising how to practise: developing and mastering skills
  • Systematising low value work
  • Creating a more effective physical work environment: supportive systems, correct resources, and freedom from distraction
  • Developing an informal team of peers and advisers for active discussion, support, and challenge
4. Working Well with Others
  • ŸPlaying to each others’ strengths: understanding and using each others’ different complementary skills and aptitudes
  • ŸBetter listening: Always Already Listening and Seeking First to Understand
  • ŸUsing tangible language when agreeing improvement and action
  • ŸUpward management: critical steps to clarify vague delegation, and how to manage expectations
5. Personal Development Priorities
  • Self diagnosis in all areas reviewed in the course
  • ŸDevelopment plan, with priority areas for action or practice


The course is very interactive. We introduce a small number of concepts and skills, but spend most of the time practising applying the skills in a variety of common situations.

Participants also spend considerable time uncovering and reflecting on gaps and weaknesses in their own work habits. They prioritise where they can improve, and put together plans to address their priorities.

Participants leave the course with a skill set that they can apply immediately, to help themselves perform better and develop rapidly.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in improving their own workplace performance will benefit. The course is a good refresher and prompt for better practices, and so also suits people already well-versed in productivity and other personal management skills.

Format & Duration

The course is conducted as classroom training.

The classroom course lasts 1 day, and works well with between 4 and 20 participants.


Dedicated Courses

Call us on 0330 0889 535 or email team@kardelen.training to arrange a dedicated course for your team.


To download a PDF document for our Self Development as a Manager & Leader course, click here.