Transition from Manager to a Leader

Transition from Manager to a Leader


V. Shanmugasundaram

Principal and Founder

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Event Date
Event Location

Fair Lakes I, Lower Level Conference Center
12500 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, VA, 22033

About the Program

The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.

You are not alone in this transitional struggle. According to a study by a Deloitte comprising of 7,000 organizations about, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline,” an urgent issue Organizations are continuously promoting people into management, and those new leaders struggle with the transition. In order to fill this void, many experts, based on case studies and research postulate various ideas for how to become a good leader and “Learning-to-Lead” methods to mitigate risks.
This presentation will address types of leadership, evolution of leadership theories, comparison of managers vs leaders, some of the primary skills needed to become a good leader, reasons for difficulty in transition and methods to mitigate the difficulty.

This presentation will include relevant findings resulted from the case studies along with key ideas from authors such as: Michael D. Watkins, Daniel Goleman, and Linda A. Hill

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
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Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

About the Speaker

V. Shanmugasundaram

Principal and Founder

V. Shanmugasundaram (Shan), the founder of LakSaNA LLC Management consultant, has developed his quality management consulting expertise while serving more than 35 years working in Defense Industry. As a Quality Assurance Manager for DRS Universal Power Systems, Shan managed Quality Management Systems, ISO 9001 Certification, Continuous Improvement Programs, and Lean manufacturing projects. He worked for DRS Sustainment system in St. Louis for more than 25 years. During that time, he has worked on projects ranging from Weapon System Development to IR&D, and Bids & Proposal. As a system engineer, he managed the Reliability Growth Program, Safety Assessment programs, Total Owner Ship (TOC) projects, and Risk Management Program. During that time, he served as a member of the Air Force Corrosion Control Advisory Committee, as well as a member of Joint Reliability and Maintainability Evaluation Team for Tunner 60K Loader Program. As Chief Engineer for Pitman, a division of Emerson Electric, he managed research & Development of material handling equipment for the military.

Shan’s formal Educational Qualifications include:

  • MS, Engineering Sciences, Penn State University; PA, USA
  • B.S.E.E., University of Madras, India
  • B.S.M.E. University of Madras, India

His Certification portfolio:

  • PMP Certified
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ Certified)
  • ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Lead Auditor
  • RBAQSA certified Associate Auditor
  • Introduction to CMMI for Development by CMMI Institute


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