You were their buddy but now you're their boss. Find out how to handle your new status and still be buds, even if they think they should have your job instead.

This course will provide an understanding of the challenges that often occur when employees are promoted within. There are personal as well as professional challenges to overcome when thrust into an environment where the employee is now the boss of previous peers who may also be friends.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to;

  • Provide an overview of the Buddy to Boss Transition (BTB).

  • Identify challenges related to BTB.

  • Apply effective strategies to improve your relationship with their team.


  • Self-paced, asynchronous learning (no instructor) 
  • Hosted on MCE’s Thinkific learning management system 
  • Videos, self-reflection, quizzes, short scenarios   

Course curriculum

    1. Thank you for registering

    2. How to navigate the course

    1. Introduction

    2. Complete pre-activity

    3. Read about buddy to boss transition

    1. Complete the survey

    2. Read about some challenges that new leaders might encounter

    3. Watch the video on the biggest challenge for new leaders today

    4. Answer the question

    5. Review friendship bias

    6. Review opinion

    7. Review constructive criticism

    8. Review undermanage vs overmanage

    9. Self-reflection

    1. Share one strategy to overcome buddy to boss challenge

    2. View results

    3. Read about effective strategies

    4. Share your favourite strategy/strategies

    5. Watch the video

    6. Develop an implementation plan

    1. Complete the quiz

    2. Congratulations!

    3. Complete the evaluation

About this course

  • $75.00
  • Self-paced, asynchronous learning (no instructor)


You'll receive instant access to course content through your personal Student Dashboard. Complete 100% of content to receive a Certificate of Completion!