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Leadership news for May 20

Rhian Morgan

Leadership news in brief for May 20

ILM launches mental wellbeing survey

The Institute of Leadership and Management is supporting Business in the Community as it launches the National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey. (hyperlink) The three-year investigation hopes to tackle the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, and so identify solutions to improve well-being at work. Mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK and is on the increase. 15.2 million days of sickness absence in 2013 were caused by everyday conditions such as stress anxiety or depression – a dramatic increase from 11.8 million days in 2010. ILM is calling on all its members to take part in the survey that is being supported by Mind, CIPD, The Work Foundation, Maudsley Learning at Work, and Mental health First Aid, along with a number of leading businesses:

Celebrating female migrant success

Migrant Woman Conference is back for its second year, at Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington, On May 28. The conference will feature 3 keynote speakers who have led the way for migrant women in the UK. The Migrant Woman Conference is a part of the Migrant Woman Association, which was created by Mirela Sula, who at that time was juggling being the Editor in Chief of Migrant Woman magazine with her PhD research about migrant women.  The aim of this platform was not to portray an image of being the victim, or to blame, but to feel proud of women’s success and to invite others to feel positive about themselves and their future.  

Dragons' Den and Apprentice stars join forces for entrepreneurial masterclass

Entrepreneurs and business owners are being invited to apply for a chance to gain insight from some of the industry’s most well-known faces, including Dragons’ Den alumni James Caan, The Apprentice finalist Bianca Miller, and MOBO Award Founder Kanya King as part of a 12-month course from the Entrepreneur Academy London, which helps start-ups learn how to thrive. Held on the last Wednesday of every month in central London, the masterclass course will run for a year.  The first semester starts on July 27. To apply for your place, visit

UK workers say biggest threat of PR crisis comes from leaders

New research of UK managerial staff, commissioned by online reputation agency Igniyte has revealed that nearly two thirds (70%) of workers cite senior management – including their CEO – as the main threat of causing a major PR crisis. The study found that 30% of people think the CEO is putting them at risk of a PR meltdown, and just under 40% say top-level management teams could be responsible for major reputation damage. The travel sector was revealed to be the least-prepared for a crisis. One in five workers said their company didn’t have any crisis management plan in place at all. And only 10% currently have resources in place to manage comments made about their company online. To download a free guide to protecting your firm's reputation, visit


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