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Skills for Senior leaders in banking & finance

Apr 5, 2017, 12:25 PM
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Develop the management and leadership skills required for senior level positions in the banking and finance sector. 

Leaders have a significant impact on behaviours and results in modern day financial services. In an increasingly challenging environment, leaders need to access a wide range of actions, tools, and processes to enable them to succeed.

This two-day intensive and interactive programme explores recognised tools and processes for effective leadership, considers when and how to use them, and put them into practise using realistic case studies. The course also captures the key challenges of leadership, the setting of a vision, goals, and planning for action. It explores emotional intelligence, motivation theory, and the impact both can have on raised performance. Leadership is about delivery through others and the programme will focus on how skill observation and feedback techniques can be used to coach for superior performance outcomes. 

The course incorporates group discussions and activities, and feedback to introduce and reinforce the key concepts and techniques to be an effective leader. Through a blended  mix of management theory and practical application, candidates can expect to leave the programme equipped with the skills and best practices needed to manage change and influence performance in a financial institution. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gaining an understanding what differentiates leadership and management
  • Galvanising your business with a compelling vision
  • Embedding goals and plans that drive results and sustainable high performance
  • Effective communication styles and staff engagement
  • Raised self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Motivation techniques and change management
  • Using an understanding of human behaviours to build teamwork
  • Observational techniques and feedback
  • Building skills and coaching

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at senior level managers and those in banking and finance aspiring to a senior leadership role. 

Typical candidates include:

  • Senior Managers with people responsibility
  • Managers aspiring to senior leadership 
  • New appointees to a senior leadership position
  • Project & Change Implementation Managers 
  • Human Resources, Marketing & Operations Heads
  • Non-Executive Directors

Key topics

Among the areas covered will be: 

  • Differentiators of effective leaders
  • The importance of a vision
  • Cascading goals and plans that resonate
  • Actions and success measures
  • Motivation theory and human behaviour
  • Self-awareness & emotional intelligence
  • Effective communication
  • Objective setting and performance management
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Providing Coaching

  • Leadership v Management
  • Strategic priorities and establishing a vision
  • Creating goals and plans
  • Gaining buy-in across your business
  • Key learning points and actions

  • Effective communication
  • Setting clear actions and expectations
  • Engaging your team in tactical actions for results
  • Measuring activity and behaviour change
  • Key learning points and actions

  • Understanding motivations – your own and others
  • Maintaining and increasing motivation
  • Self-awareness, self-control, Emotional Intelligence
  • Behavioural styles, team dynamics, and Leadership
  • Key learning points and actions

  • Observing performance
  • Behaviours and results
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Building skills and coaching
  • End of programme action plan

Dates and location 


5 - 6 July 2017


The London Institute of Banking & Finance
Peninsular House, 36 Monument Street
London, EC3R 8LJ

Course instructor 

David Connolly

Working for more than thirty years within the UK’s leading asset finance house, Lombard (a subsidiary of the RBS Group), David has developed extensive expertise in business-to-business lending and relationship management. 

David began his career with Lloyds Banking group, before being appointed as a Senior Manager for the UK arm of US consumer finance business Beneficial Corporation. 

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Beginning in Relationship Management, David went on to develop his Corporate Credit skills as a Risk Underwriter, before transitioning to customer-facing Sales Manager and other leadership roles in UK Banking. David has senior leadership experience in Retail, Commercial, and Corporate Banking. His Asset Finance expertise affords specialist knowledge of on- and off-balance sheet funding structures, asset backed lending, tax and non-tax based leasing. Sector specialisms include manufacturing, technology, green energy, transportation, agriculture, marine and aviation. 

Most recently, as Director of Asset Finance, David led a team of accredited asset finance specialists in Birmingham (UK), providing funding growth and advisory support to businesses ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 organisations. Using his commercial experience, David supports the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator hub, providing coaching, support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. 

David is an established mentor and career coach, having helped develop talent at both ends of the career spectrum. This includes cohort oversight for the Early Careers Graduate Scheme and acting as a mentor and leadership coach to experienced staff on the Aspiring Leaders programme.

David is professionally qualified in credit and lending, an accredited lean practitioner and a Chartered Banker. He brings practical skills in Commercial and Corporate Credit Risk, Client Relationship Management, Leadership and Management development.

Fees and registration 

  • Members  £890
  • Non-Members  £980
Registration fee includes all learning materials, lunch and refreshments. 

For further information please contact our events team on +44 (0) 20 7337 6286 or events@libf.ac.uk

Register online

This programme is also available for in-house delivery. If you have five or more delegates who wish to attend this course, it may be more cost effective to run it in-house. To find out more about in-house training, please contact Neringa  Stankeviciute on +44 (0) 207 337 6281. 

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