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Managing Former Peers

Reworking your professional relationships


One of the most difficult challenges for a recently promoted leader is navigating the change in relationship with former team members. Peers and friends are now direct reports and look to you for leadership. This complex situation requires proactive engagement from new leaders to recognize and manage the changes in authority while maintaining a focus on organizational goals. Newly promoted supervisors can intentionally address this dynamic by using specific strategies to make this transitional period as smooth as possible. This session presents some of those strategies.  

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common pitfalls with solutions

  • Articulate the parameters of the professional relationship

  • Initiate practical strategies for the transitional period

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

1.0 CEU (CEP-275)

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