Transitioning to an Executive Role: What It Takes to Take the Lead

What is an executive and what does it take to be successful in a new executive role? This course is designed for those who are currently transitioning to an executive role or are designated to do so in the near future. In a workshop-style, hybrid seminar, we discuss the key differences between managing individual contributors and leading other leaders when it comes to decision-making, strategy deployment, organizational and team development, and communication. We explore the capabilities, attitude and behavior necessary to make the transition and the roadblocks that may prevent success. You will leave the seminar with a customized action plan for your own executive evolution, complete with detailed activities for transitioning with success.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Business Administration Certificate
Emerging Leaders Certificate


Sarah Caryl, MA

Sarah Caryl, MA

Sarah Caryl is a business leader practicing in the human resources, talent management and organizational development areas with extensive experience in leading adult learning. Having served across industries including healthcare, manufacturing, service and academia, Sarah understands how the cultural differences ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key differences between management roles and executive roles, and the capability and emotional barriers to effectively making the transition.
  • Recognize actions required for your own leadership evolution through information gathering and reflection.
  • Interpret organizational capability needs.
  • Learn and practice methods for establishing and communicating strategy, developing organizational talent and fostering ethical business practices.
  • Design an individual action plan using the concepts and methods covered in class while providing insights and ideas for continued learning.

Course Outline/Topics

Establishing Yourself as an Executive

  • Exploring similarities and differences in roles among business cultures.
  • Understanding key changes from previous roles.
  • Discovering individual strengths and challenges relative to executive expectations.
  • Identifying capabilities for executive success.
  • Fostering effective emotional behaviors.

Building Your Executive Leadership Capabilities

  • Identifying appropriate communication strategies and expectations at the executive level.
  • Understanding the executive’s roles strategy identification, development and execution.
  • Building tools for leading change and fostering accountability at higher levels.
  • Exploring strategies for organizational development in key subject areas of performance management; succession planning; coaching, mentoring and motivation; and talent acquisition.
  • Adapting best practices for fostering ethical behavior from the top.

Planning Your Executive Development

  • Developing an executive self-development plan.
  • Aligning with your business goals to create a cohesive strategy for success.

Date: June 1-9

Delivery Method: Blended


Date: 2 Thu & Fri, June 1-9

Time: 8:30am-4pm CT

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Course-Paced Online

Available: June 1-9

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Sarah Caryl MA


$845 by May 18
$895 after May 18

CEUs: 1.4

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5050-15012

Note: This class meets live online on June 1 and 9 from 8:30am-Noon and meets face-to-face on June 2 from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Registration Deadline: June 1

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