The UK's largest independent steel stockholder, Barrett Steel Ltd, has celebrated its faith in a bright future with the completion of its first Management and Leadership Academy. Over the last 12 months eleven creative managers have been experiencing an inspirational programme designed to open their minds to transformational leadership, whilst accrediting the work towards the Chartered Management Institute's (CMI) Chartered Manager status.
Pauline Garnett, Barrett Group HR Director, who developed the management and leadership programme within the company, explains: "It was devised to strengthen our succession planning and develop talent within the business for future generations.
"Leadership is the real difference - it is the alchemy that turns good into something truly precious. We have a long term leadership development commitment in the business and this programme is intrinsically linked to our overall business excellence model of continuous improvement.
"A wide range of core skills has been covered including Finance & Working Capital, Strategic Planning, Core Values, Improving Efficiency, Human Factors, Emotional Intelligence, Data Management, Recruitment & Selection, and Business Excellence. The Executive Board, alongside professional educational providers, is actively involved in mentoring the managers, sharing knowledge and become stronger as a consequence.
"It is a privilege to work alongside our people and help them to develop their careers and assure Barrett's future success. No small wonder that it has become the company of choice for actual and prospective employees."
A second tranche of managers is developing its skills through the academy programme and Barrett will assist members to continue academic studies with CMI to diploma level and beyond.