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Michael Watkins in the Wall Street Journal

How managers shift gears to leadership
March 2017

Michael Watkins recently talked with the Wall Street Journal about executive education and how managers make the shift to business leadership in a piece titled: “After promotions, managers must learn to shift gears; business schools add programs to guide executives through transition from functional roles to broad oversight.”

Here are extracts from the article:

“More high-potential leaders don’t succeed at this transition than a decade ago,” said Michael D. Watkins, professor of leadership and organizational change at IMD Business School in Switzerland.

At least six top-tier business schools, including Harvard University and Indian Institute of Technology in India, have added executive-education programs for functional leaders moving into general management. None existed five years ago, noted Mr. Watkins, co-director of IMD’s program.

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