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Making the transition to leadership

The transition from being a great individual contributor to being a leader of others is one of the most important and challenging career stages. If this first leadership transition does not go well, it often delivers a negative ripple effect that can dim future career prospects. The bad news is, more than 50% of first-time managers get lower performance evaluations as leaders than they did as individual contributors. The good news is, when the transition goes well, it can produce positive career results that are amplified far into the future.

Learning to Lead is designed to help first-time managers understand the nature of the transition from being a great individual contributor to being a team leader, and to develop the critical people skills that often make the difference between longer-term career success and failure.

How you benefit

  • Assess your leadership skills: Develop clear insights into your strengths and weaknesses as a leader.
  • Evolve your toolkit: Acquire confidence and tools to create vision and set direction for greater success.
  • Learn the art of motivation: Master frameworks for inspiring people and motivating them to perform better.

Participant profile

Learning to Lead is specifically for people who are about to move from the individual contributor status to a position of managing others for the first time, or who have made this transition within the last two years.

Participants can be from various professional backgrounds, but they all share the same need – to enhance their people-management skills, as they engage in managing direct reports for the first time in their careers.



This programme qualifies for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management.

Hear what participants say about the Learning to Lead programme

Which Leadership programme is for you?


INSEAD's variety of Leadership programmes help you to develop new skills and self-awareness to influence and inspire those around you. And in today's increasingly international business environment, you also need to adapt your skills and self-awareness to lead across cultures and borders. View the comparison grid below to find out which Leadership programme best matches your needs.

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