Leading Results director Anita Douglas has qualified as a chartered occupational psychologist.
Anita began her studies 15 years ago when she made the move from a retail role into training and development.
She began with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology, followed by an MSc in Occupational Psychology and finally the British Psychological Society’s qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2), a doctorate level qualification.
Now, she is looking forward using her new qualification and specialist knowledge to enhance the support the company provides to business leaders and managers aiming to grow both themselves and their staff.
Anita, who runs Leading Results with fellow director Doreen Yarnold, explained the new qualification.
“Occupational Psychologists apply a range of psychological principles – how people think, act and react to the world of work, with the aim to optimise job satisfaction, engagement and performance.
“At Leading Results, we have a deep understanding of what makes people ‘tick’, so we design our workshops to shift beliefs, change behaviour and deliver results. Our ethos is ‘keep it real, keep it simple’ so we always build practical exercises and activities that are easily transferred to the workplace into our workshops. We also use theoretical models where they add value to the learning.
“This qualification is the icing on the cake. It’s about the skill of knowing and understanding what drives organisational growth, especially at the leadership level.
“It’s about knowing how they think, how they work and behave and how they drive their people towards results. Learning how managers motivate and inspire, and ultimately how they organise the shape and culture of their business to gain optimum results – that is the most important thing for us.
“The qualification also provides a certain element of academic credibility, which is always a bonus. It’s a validation for our clients that they’re in safe hands and that we know what we’re doing.
“Add this to our vast experience in the field of organisational growth and development over many, many years and this makes for a compelling proposition.”
Anita plans to continue her own learning and development as well training others to achieve their goals.
“I love to learn and will never stop,” Anita said. “In fact, due to a new-found interest in triathlons, I’ve just signed up for a course in sports psychology! I have a picture on my desk of a Chinese proverb which reads:
‘To shun learning is to walk in the dark’.
I’ve always set aside 5-10% of my earnings to invest in my own growth and development.
“I genuinely believe that we can all achieve more than what we believe we can, so any area of work that helps people realise their untapped potential excites me.”