Leadership Transitions in Knowledge-Driven Industries

Do you find some high-performing leaders are promoted to roles where they suddenly run into serious problems?

Most management books overlook the importance of the distinction between specialist leaders who are experts in the domain they lead and generalist leaders who need to manage areas where they are not the expert. In knowledge-driven industries, the transition from the specialist style to the generalist style is not just “one of the leadership transitions” – it can be the most difficult transition of all for high potential leaders.

How we can help

Dr. Wanda Wallace is the expert in this area, and I collaborate with her on leadership training programs to help leaders through this transition.


Dr. Denise Rousseau (Carnegie Mellon), Bob Nagar, Dr. Laurie Bassi

Where to learn more


Take the first step

Contact Dr. Wallace directly or email me to set up a call and I can talk you through why specialist leaders have become so important and how that creates problems for succession.

Email: dcreelman@creelmanresearch.com

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