According to eminent Harvard University professor Linda Hill, becoming a new leader is about the fundamentals. 

In the movie Black Panther, the character TChalla says to his father TChaka: ” I want to be a great king, Baba, just like you. Tell me how.” 

First time managers and supervisors have to unlearn the deeply held attitudes and habits they had developed when they were responsible simply for their own performance. 

Prior to a leadership promotion, most people work as an individual contributor and their contribution depends primarily on what they do personally, drawing upon their own expertise and actions. Leaders and managers, on the other hand, must see themselves as responsible for setting and implementing an agenda for the whole group. To use an orchestra analogy, they must move from concentrating on one task, as an accomplished violinist does, to coordinating the efforts of many, like a conductor. 

A new manager or leader must engage in three fundamental kinds of learning: learning something new, changing one’s mind and changing oneself. 

Additionally, they must understand the 5Rs of leadership transition and use them to guide their new leadership journey. Read the attached Straits Times article written by our Founder/Director Jaren Chan and join our leadership course for a broader discovery of what it takes a to be great team leader and manager. 

Straits Times – 5Rs of Successful Leadership Transition by Jaren Chan


Jaren Chan conducts a leadership class in Tyumen, Russia