Gain the skills you need for a leadership role

Friday, June 10, 2022

A good leader brings people together in the workplace and supports them to create a shared vision. As we continue to adapt and grow in response to changes brought on by the pandemic, effective leadership in the community sector is more important than ever.

If you’ve ever thought about expanding your skillset to take on a leadership role in either aged care or early childhood education and care, we’ve got good news. Eligibility criteria for the CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management has been revised to enable more future leaders to become qualified.

Previously, only those who already held a management position in a community sector service could enrol into this course – but now it’s open to more people working in community services looking to take on leadership roles.

Leadership roles

Take the next step in your career

Moving into a leadership role could be the next thing you do to progress your career. You might be curious about how to expand your leadership skills in ways that enable you to take on more responsibilities, or you might already see yourself as a future leader in the sector. If this sounds like you, now is a good time to explore pathways into leadership in aged care and early childhood education and care.

By enrolling into the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management at Selmar you will be on your way to becoming a leader in your field. This course enables learners to develop a range of applied skills which contribute to good leadership , such as:

  • Building and managing teams, maximising performance
  • Recruiting and coaching staff
  • Managing diversity among staff and clients
  • Workplace ethics
  • Financial management and business modelling
  • Government standards and regulations

The course also has a strong focus on adaptive skills which make for better leaders, like:

  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Adaptability
  • Relational thinking

What makes a good leader?

Leadership is one of those terms we’re all familiar with, but what exactly makes a good leader?

There are many leadership roles available within the community sector. You might be want to bring your vision for education to life as a Centre Director at an early learning service. You might be thinking of coordinating staff and volunteers as a Community Services Manager, or working for a not-for-profit organisation. You might work in aged care and see yourself taking on a management role in the future. Whatever it is, you will need understand what makes an effective leader.

Effective leadership is not just about being the ‘boss’ or about holding a particular title or position in the workplace, and it’s not just about having good organizational skills. A good leader is able to talk to people, bring their team together, and help both staff and clients to share understandings and work toward common goals.

There are many attributes, skills and qualities which make for great leaders. A leadership course is a wonderful opportunity to learn and hone your capabilities in many areas of leadership, including:

  • The ability to empower others
  • Being able to create and share a clear vision
  • Supporting staff and clients when they need it
  • Creating an engaging, positive workplace culture
  • Encouraging improvement and continual learning among staff

Being a good leader also means having strong principles and ethics. At Selmar we approach leadership from an ethical standpoint.

Ethical or relational leadership is a way of leading which seeks to influence people and systems through core values, principles and beliefs. The idea is that ethical leadership works to shape an effective, positive and resilient workforce by instilling strong values in each member of staff. Ethical leaders respect their employees, and also empower employees to make the right decisions.

The importance of leadership

The community sector needs more outstanding leaders to guide both aged care and early education and care into the future. Effective leadership in these areas means working to create meaningful change and bring about positive outcomes for organisations, employees, individuals in care, their families and the wider community.

The pandemic has put incredible strain on the early learning and aged care communities, and this strain is ongoing. It’s identified the need to address issues like staff shortages, burnout, and poor standards of care. Promoting good leadership is a way to raise standards industry-wide and benefit everyone involved.

Who is eligible?

Formerly the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management was only available to those already working in a management position within the community service sector. But with the call for better leaders increasing, we’ve expanded the criteria so that more people are eligible to enrol.

With the updated entry requirements, you’ll be eligible to enrol if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You already work in a management role in the community sector or have previously undertaken one, including Area Manager, Centre Director or Second in Charge, or;
  • You hold a Certificate IV or above to work in aged care, or a Diploma level qualification or above to work in ECEC or;
  • Work in and have sufficient experience or understanding of the community service in which you aspire to progress to a leadership role

Course outcomes

The program is about big picture thinking, opening up pathways for graduates to take on leadership roles across other sections of the community services industry. This might include management of specific programs or projects, coordinating community services, or managing early learning and aged care services, not-for-profit organisations and community centres.

Once you’ve completed the course you might be eligible to work as:

  • Area Manager
  • Centre Director
  • Coordinator of an organisation
  • Community Care Manager
  • Community Development Manager
  • Program Area Manager
  • Community Education Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Learn on the job with a traineeship

A traineeship is a great way to work while you get qualified. You can now study the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management via a traineeship in the workplace.

Benefits of traineeships for learners include:

  • Earn while you learn
  • Mentoring and support from industry professionals
  • Get a head start in your chosen sector
  • Flexible learning options
  • Apply the skills you’re learning in real-time

Benefits of traineeships for employers include:

  • Have a say in your employees’ education
  • Shape employees to suit your workforce
  • Recruitment solutions
  • Ongoing support from partnership with training provider
  • Government subsidies and support

To find out more about where a leadership course can take you, contact the team at Selmar today.

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