To reflect the changing management space, the Australian Institute of Management has rebranded to the Institute of Managers and Leaders, to strategically re-establish itself as the peak professional body that sets the standard for management and leadership excellence. Having pioneered the management education and training space over 76 years, we’ve witnessed the Australian and global management landscape evolve and like many other industries, the space is different from what it was 76 years ago.
To better represent its Members and the evolving management space today, we need to evolve the Institute, and to support Australia’s most outstanding management and leadership professionals, we need to be a leader ourselves. Raising the standard of management excellence shouldn’t stop at education and training, there needs to be a benchmark set and that’s why we’re moving into the accreditation space.
The Institute’s Chief Executive David Pich said, “Businesses expect accountants and lawyers to meet a standard of professional excellence and competence, but management and leadership is too often ignored and left to chance. This is despite numerous studies over the past two decades that have consistently exposed the alarming impacts of bad management practice on organisations and on their staff. This needs to change.”
The centrepiece of this momentous change is the launch of Chartered Manager – the first professional designation for managers in Australia. A long-term partnership with the Chartered Management Institute in the United Kingdom sees the Institute of Managers and Leaders become the first assessing body for the highly-regarded accreditation outside of the UK.
In addition to Chartered Manager, the Institute of Managers and Leaders will launch the first accreditation pathway for local Universities and Business Schools aimed at Australia’s future generations of management professionals.
Finally, the rebrand is about returning to our roots. When the organisation first became the Australian Institute of Management in 1949, President John Storey, in his inaugural address announced, “(Our main goal) is to raise the standards of management and to gain acceptance of these high standards nationally”. Our mission to raise the national standard of management comes with the responsibility to evolve the organisation to respond to contemporary issues of the industry, and that’s what the Institute of Managers and Leaders is about – the evolution of the industry.
This exciting development in the evolution of the Professional Body that began in 1939 as the Melbourne Technical College Foremanship Association and in 2017, we’ve become the Institute of Managers and Leaders. We are immensely proud of our management history, and we’re equally excited about what lies ahead. Thank you for being part of AIM’s journey so far, and of the Institute of Managers and Leaders’ future.