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First Time Manager

From Expert to Leader

Have you just started, or are you about to start your first managerial position or a new project manager? Or are you wondering how to be a motivating and inspiring leader for your team? Are you ready to challenge yourself in the face of new responsibility and gain new insights into being a successful leader?

First Time Manager training is designed for experts who have just started a new journey as a manager for a team or individuals, are about to start in a managerial position, or are leading a project for the first time.

The training supports your development in leadership work, where your task is to help the team or others succeed. During the six-month training, participants will learn to understand their work environment, brighten their ideas about leadership and influencing possibilities, and concretize and develop their working methods and practices as a manager.

The First Time Manager – From Expert to Leader training includes five three-hour workshops, assignments based on personal reflection, and peer-to-peer work in small groups between workshops. The training focuses heavily on applying the themes in the participants’ practical leadership work and on the practical implementation of the participants’ development plans.

The program is held in Finnish. Go to the Finnish page from here.

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September 12, 2024


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The training is intended for people who will be starting in their first managerial role within a year and those who are responsible for managing individuals and teams effectively. The training has been tailored to meet the professional demands of experts from different lines of business with diverse backgrounds. You must be able to reflect on and apply the training themes in your work as a supervisor.

First Time Manager – From Expert to Leader training is suitable for new supervisors, team leaders, and project managers. In their work, participants are required to have excellent interaction skills and the ability to help others succeed. It is also essential to understand managerial and leadership work’s operating environment and culture and develop relationship and influencing skills. The aim is to create a continuous path of development around the themes.

Instructor’s View

“The first managerial position and its experiences leave a strong mark on one’s leadership style. It is important to look at these experiences and consciously develop your leadership style. First Time Manager training makes it possible to build a strong foundation for one’s leadership and its continuous development.

Dr. Jari Ylitalo, Aalto University, Instructor of the Program



Contents and Schedule

During the training, you will receive support for deepening personal leadership and influence thinking, as well as constructing identity.

Learning outcomes:

  • You will enhance your abilities to understand your own leadership and operational context
  • You will strengthen, concretize, and refine personal leadership practices and your own influence style
  • You will establish a routine and practices for continuous development of your impact and leadership skills

Program Structure


Five three-hour online workshops include lectures as well as discussions


Through four personal assignments, you will reflect the themes of the training for your own work

Peer-to-peer work

Five peer group meetings in small groups serve as support between workshops

Core Modules

Participant feedback from the First Time Manager training organized for Aalto University alumni. The feedback is translated from Finnish.

“I highly recommend the FTM training as an introduction to managerial work. Over the training, I have learned a lot about myself and my working methods. Not only have I learned to question my habits, but I have also been able to adapt completely new methods. The duration of the program is over six months, which helps in adopting new practices. Changes don’t happen overnight, but the support provided by the training helps you develop as a manager. The training doesn’t offer direct answers about how to be a great boss, but it gives you the tools to develop yourself towards that goal. If you participate in the training with an open mind and curiosity, you will surely find the program invaluable.”

“First Time Manager turned out to be a well-built training program with high-quality content. Managerial work is  quite different from expert work. It is very useful for a new manager to have a comprehensive overall view of the different aspects and areas of management. Especially valuable in the training is the peer support from others in the same situation and the opportunity to discuss even difficult issues confidently. To get the most out of the training, it is advisable to reserve sufficient time for assignments, small group meetings, and independent reflection between training days.”

“The training provides a good basis for the beginnings of managerial work. The training provides peer support and contacts. It gives you tips on how to develop yourself as a leader. The best advantage of the training is gained by following the schedule of the assignments while making concrete small changes in your working environment. FTM training also highlights the importance of well-being and recovery and the emphasis on other areas of life in order to be able to keep up with work.”


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