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How can we use Leadership for effective change management?

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It is always a pleasure working at IMA International when you meet up once again with our open course training Alumni, and an even extra pleasure to be invited to provide a tailor made training for their organisations! This is how were asked to provide a one day Leadership and Change Management workshop for Heads and Managers of different units of the Social Marketing Company (known as SMC). SMC provides products and support for family planning and reproductive health, diarrheal disease management, child health and nutrition, female hygiene, HIV/STI prevention and referral of suspected TB cases with the overall aim to better the health and wellbeing of women, children, families and society in Bangladesh.

This workshop was to understand leadership behaviours and functions of leaders in organizations. Participants were particularly interested in gaining information on the different aspects of change management and the critical role managers and leaders play in a changing environment. The agenda was developed with full consultation with the SMC HR team in Dhaka who had great clarity of the perceived needs of the participants, with the objectives of building on the natural ability to lead and manage, thinking strategically about roles, exploration on how to motivate and influence others through change, and development of personal development plans.

A great success of this day was that Senior Leadership were present during much of the day inspiring, supporting and challenging participants. They visibly took ownership of the process, with plans for follow up mentoring support as part of this training workshop. This mentoring was offered to participants working in small groups and focused on similar outcomes from the training day content. The expectation is that it should help participants move from their positive reaction and learning from the training day to some sort of behaviour change affecting the work they do. Ultimately, IMA International believes that is what all training and development should focus on, a positive change in the way we work, and relate to each other.

'It was a really good training, Chris is a very good resource person’ Rokibul Hasan Khan, Head of HR, SMC

‘Excellent facilitation for such an excellent training session’ Md. Mosheir Rahman

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