Duration: 1 hour
Price: Free

One of the hardest transitions in any leader’s career is the one from a high-potential individual contributor or professional to his or her first formal leadership position. Many of them are frontline managers at entry- or first-levels of management and they are the next generation of leaders, the pipeline and benchstrength for the top leadership positions of organizations. Clearly, developing and supporting first-time managers is an organizational imperative. Yet, the numbers say otherwise. Not enough time, effort, resources, and support is given to first-time managers; a recent CareerBuilder survey showed that almost 60% of first-time managers receive no training.

A new webinar from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) shares insights from CCL’s own research on first-time managers which will help set a foundation for the success of any first-time manager and strengthen any organization’s pipeline of leaders. In this session you will learn:

  • Why first-time managers (FTMs) are so important to building a pipeline of leaders in organizations and why FTMs need more help, support, and development.
  • The specific and unique challenges FTMs have.
  • The skill gaps FTMs have.
  • Why the mindset and focus of FTMs must change, and how the old “It’s not you. It’s me.” break-up line will help them do just that.
  • Practical, actionable tips and advice to help, support, and develop FTMs.

You can follow our presenter, Bill Gentry, on twitter (@Lead_Better) and CCL (@CCLdotORG) and use #1stTimeMgr to take part in the conversation online about first-time managers and transitioning into leadership after the webinar.

Target audience: Managers who are leading others for the first time; High-potential employees who are soon to be promoted into a leadership role for the first time; Frontline managers at entry- or first-levels of management responsible for leading individual contributors; Talent managers, T&D managers, HR business partners or coaches who are responsible for training and developmental initiatives targeted for high potentials and first-time managers, particularly in frontline, entry- or first-levels of management.

About The Presenter

William A. (Bill) Gentry, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also trains the Assessment Certification Workshop and Maximizing Your Leadership Potential programs at CCL and has been an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, currently at Guilford College and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In applying his research into practice, Bill's current focus is on helping leaders who are managing for the first time in their lives. Bill has more than 70 academic presentations, has been featured in more than 50 internet and newspaper outlets (such as Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal online At Work, CNN.com, businessweek.com, Chief Learning Officer, ChiefExecutive.Net, and TrainingIndustry.Com), and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on leadership and organizational psychology including the areas of first-time management, leadership and leadership development across cultures, leader character and integrity, mentoring, managerial derailment, multilevel measurement, and in the area of organizational politics and political skill in the workplace. You can follow Bill on twitter: (@Lead_Better) and use #1stTimeMgr to continue the conversation online about first-time managers and transitioning into leadership.

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