Launching Great Leaders: Transition Employees into Successful New Managers

Do you have a new manager who's having difficulty leading the people, who prior to her promotion, were her co-workers? More than 86% of new supervisors have trouble transitioning from individual contributors into their new management roles, according to a recent survey from ConceptReserve.

Learn how to help your new leaders manage your team.


In just 90 minutes, we'll show you how to help your newly-minted supervisors excel at leadership fundamentals: training employees, setting performance expectations, coaching employees, and building an effective team.

We'll also cover:

  • How to overcome challenges in managing former peers
  • How your new supervisors can derive credibility from the performance of the team
  • What new supervisors need to know about diversity and inclusion in today’s workplace
  • The communication skills your supervisors need to be effective, including listening and delivering feedback
  • How your supervisors should handle difficult conversations with staff and/or team members
  • What it takes to effectively manage performance, including how to identify what employees need at the right time
  • A review of the HR skills that ALL managers must master, including interviewing, performance appraisals, documentation, and discipline



About Your Guest Speaker, Dr. Deborah Davis Tobey

Dr. Deborah TobeyDr. Deborah Davis Tobey has been in the Organization Development (OD) field for more than 20 years, and is owner of a solo consulting practice, Deb Tobey LLC. She has served clients in both the public and private sector, including such organizations as Ceridian Corporation, Saturn Corporation, General Mills, O’Charley’s Corporation, the State of Tennessee Departments of Human Resources and Transportation, Whirlpool Corporation, the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, the YWCA, Deutsche Bank, BMI Inc., the Center for Nonprofit Management, and the American Management Association.

Dr. Tobey’s areas of expertise include: consultation skills development; leadership development; group and planning process interventions; teambuilding; performance and training needs assessment and evaluation; training/instructional design; competency modeling; supervisory and management development; and "train the trainer."

She is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her doctorate is in Human Resource Development (HRD) from Vanderbilt University. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, Vanderbilt University, and Belmont University. Dr. Tobey is author of Data Collection for Needs Assessment (2007) and Needs Assessment Basics (2005). She is co-author of Facilitation Skills Training (2007) and Facilitation Basics (2004).