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CMI interviews William Duncan about his success

William’s Journey to Success

CMI interviewed William about his route to Chartered Manager.

‘A leader is someone who innovates, who’s constantly thinking ahead and that’s what being a Chartered Manager brings.’

Describe your route to becoming a Chartered Manager

I joined the Chartered Management Institute as a Chartered Engineer. I’d demonstrated my skills and abilities and it was then a three-month process, which was relatively straightforward, to becoming a Chartered Manager.

What challenges do you have as a leader and how has being Chartered helped you overcome them?

For me, a key challenge of being a leader is to get my team to adopt new ways of working. Becoming a Chartered Manager has enabled me to look in-depth at my management style and how I’m able to flex my leadership style to get the most out of my team.

What have been the main benefits to you of earning Chartered accreditation?

The greatest benefit of becoming a Chartered Manager is becoming a more dynamic, more rounded and a more flexible leader. It’s now easier to see the skills and abilities I have. Also, to have the opportunity to this new world of training and networking events that helps you to sharpen your skills and really improve as a leader.

How has your employer used your Chartered status?

National Grid fully supported me through the process, both financially and in terms of peer support. They are more recognising of my skills and abilities and are now keen to put me into other positions of responsibility.

What would you say to someone considering becoming a Chartered Manager?

If you want to enjoy your working day more, then I would say become a Chartered Manager. Go through this challenging review process to prove your skills and abilities!

Becoming a Chartered Manager not only provides benefits to the individual, but also to their employer too.

Ian Cartwright, Director of Capital Delivery, National Grid, tells us about the benefits he has seen William bring to the role:

As a Chartered Engineer, William’s ability and value to the business were already evident. Through the process of becoming a Chartered Manager, he has refined, challenged and grown his leadership skills. His agility in leading teams to success and delivering value for the business are now at the next level.”

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