Leadership Series

Learn about the importance of Leadership in the updated ISO 9001:2015 (QMS) and ISO 14001:2015 (EMS) standards and how to reap the greatest rewards from certification.

What’s new?

The updated international Quality Management System Standard (QMS) ISO 9001:2015 and Environmental Management System Standard (EMS) ISO 14001:2015, incorporating the Management System High Level Structure as defined by Annex SL, provides an opportunity for companies to use certification of their Quality and Environmental Management Systems to drive better business performance.

Why is Leadership important for my organisation?

Leadership creates the ability to create a clear vision; the capacity to share the vision with others and motivate them to follow; to provide the structure, tools and information that will allow others to be successful in pursuing the vision and governing the risks and conflicts that arise when following the vision.

There are now more areas where leaders need to demonstrate their involvement and engagement with the management system, such as:

  • ensuring its requirements are integrated into the organisations’ business processes,
  • promoting awareness of the process approach,
  • assuring the management system achieves its intended results,
  • supporting other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership,
  • ensuring that the policy is communicated, understood and applied by the entire organisation.

This greater focus on Leadership will require greater accountability from top management which can be defined as decision makers at the highest level, such as the C-suite or board members. They will be required to demonstrate a visible understanding of the business context, addressing risks and opportunities and greater accountability tied to closer links between the management system and product/service quality and in the case of ISO 14001:2015, environmental performance.

Download the LRQA ISO Revisions Leadership Series

Learn more about the importance of Leadership and how it can benefit your organisation in the 3-part LRQA ISO Revisions Leadership Series. Download your PDF copy using the links below:


1) Explaining

The headline of Section 5 in the Annex SL is Leadership. What does Leadership mean in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015?


2) Engaging

How to engage top management in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015; the Quality and Environmental Manager’s perspective.


3) What's next?

The Leadership perspective; we’ve achieved certification to ISO 9001:2015 / ISO 14001:2015 – now what?

What to do next?

Get up to speed with transition planning and talk to LRQA about Training. We have developed a range of services to support organisations worldwide with their transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

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In-House Workshop

For those seeking to engage their top management, we highly recommend a in-House Workshop. This is a course tailored specifically for your employees and your management system

Awareness Briefing

We offer a wide range of training solutions including awareness briefing for anyone who wants to learn more about the revisions to ISO 9001 or ISO 14001.

Update Workshop

Update Workshop for management systems managers or management representatives responsible for managing the transition.

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