Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 01 July 2022

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter explores how socialization programs for managers transitioning to senior management roles can play a vital role in both preempting leadership failures and accelerating their relationship building. Managers who are promoted into a senior management level position for the first time in their careers face three daunting challenges. First, they must gain mastery over a complex and demanding role. The learning demands are often the most pronounced in a manager’s career. Second, expectations are high. It is assumed that the incoming senior manager already has the depth of experience to lead successfully in the new situation. As a result, there is little developmental feedback or support for those who enter the upper echelons of organizations. These two challenges can conspire to produce a challenge with far greater liabilities—the career derailment of the incoming senior manager. Given the high price associated with leadership failures in senior management ranks, it is essential for organizations to consider sophisticated socialization processes as they onboard individuals into senior management roles. Insights are drawn from an in-depth case analysis of sophisticated socialization programs developed at the Bank of America and at Toyota.

Keywords: socialization, leadership development, onboarding, executive derailment

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.