Unit 5001 Personal Development as a Manager and Leader

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Personal Development as a Manager & Leader

Author: Liz Oram

Kent County Council

16th December 2011

Contents

Executive Summary …………………Page 3

Introduction …………………………..Page 3

Section 1………………………………Page 3

Section 2………………………………Page 5

Section 3………………………………Page 7

Section 4………………………………Page 10

Conclusion…………………………….Page 12

Recommendation……………………..Page 12

Bibliography……………………………Page 13

Appendices…………………………….Page 14

Executive Summary

This report will explore personal development as a manager and leader within the Authors role of a senior support worker. The report covers four areas. Section 1 will show the importance of assessing and planning for personal professional development. Section 2 will show the need to plan for resources required to achieve personal professional development. Section 3 covers importance of evaluation and review of the personal professional development. Section 4 focuses of the importance of staff health and safety and welfare.

Introduction

The Author of this report is a senior support worker for Lifechoice, part of KCC’s In-house provision for Adults with a Learning Disability. The Author has worked for Kent County Council (KCC) for 22 years. This report has been written as part of the requirement of the Level 5 Diploma Study; it has been completed using research and workshops. The report focuses on personal development as a manager and leader, including planning a Personal Development Plan, resourcing, evaluation and support.

Section 1

Assessing and Planning for professional Development

Professional development is vital as it is the means by which the organisational objectives are met through individuals’ actions. The organisational aims and objectives are set out each year in the Kent Adult Social Services Annual Business Plan (Appendix 1), this then informs the South West Kent business plan (Appendix 2) These show the direction the business is heading what it wants to achieve in the forthcoming year. This linking from one document to another is known as The Golden Thread or line of sight. Using these documents it is clear to see if the personnel in place have the skills and knowledge required to fulfil the needs as set out. Continued personal development is important as it leads to greater self-awareness and/or self-confidence, it improves morale in the workplace and motivation to strive for continued improvement for the business.

By using a SWOT analysis to assess the individuals’ current skills and competencies against the job description and person specifications to see if the correct personnel for the tasks are in place and where their gaps in skills and knowledge lay. Below is a SWOT analysis of the Authors Job Description (Appendix 3) and their skills. The Author has used the Job Description of a Unit Manger as this is the role they carry out despite their official post being a Senior Support Worker.

|Strengths |Weaknesses | | | | |Monitoring and control of budget |Staff motivation in times of change | | | | |Develop quality control measures |Report writing | | | | |Supervise staff...
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