10 Mistakes New Presidents Often Make Webcast Recording



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Learn ten common mistakes new presidents make and how you can avoid them. Patrick Sanaghan will share what he has learned from interviewing and working with dozens of college and university presidents. Join us to learn these lessons and how you can ensure a smooth and successful leadership transition for your institution.

Add a recording of this program to your training library to train future presidents on these important lessons.

Who Should Attend

We encourage teams of stakeholders—those involved in presidential searches and transition teams—to attend this webcast together to jumpstart or inform their planning. Stakeholders may include:

  • New presidents or those who aspire to be president
  • Transition coordinator/committee chair
  • Senior staff and cabinet members

Trustees will find this information especially valuable.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to plan for a president’s first year with actions that help the president avoid common mistakes. 


  • Negotiating your first-year action items
  • Being visible internally while remaining the external face
  • Building your senior team
  • Managing and supporting senior staff
  • The role of informal advisors
  • Developing a working relationship with your board president
  • Building your relational capital with faculty
  • Negotiating an agenda of change versus momentum
  • Managing time and setting boundaries
  • Understanding the seduction of the leader


Patrick Sanaghan, President, The Sanaghan Group

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 100 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped dozens of campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes.

He is the co-author/author of five books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent book, Collaborative Leadership in Action was published in 2011, and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team in 2014.


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