Michael Watkins recently talked with the Wall Street Journal about executive education and how managers make the shift to business leadership in a piece titled: “After promotions, managers must learn to shift gears; business schools add programs to guide executives through transition from functional roles to broad oversight.”

Here are extracts from the article:

"More high-potential leaders don't succeed at this transition than a decade ago,'' said Michael D. Watkins, professor of leadership and organizational change at IMD Business School in Switzerland.

At least six top-tier business schools, including Harvard University and Indian Institute of Technology in India, have added executive-education programs for functional leaders moving into general management. None existed five years ago, noted Mr. Watkins, co-director of IMD's program.

Read more about IMD in the Media.