While there is almost universal agreement that organizations today must be able to hire, engage, develop, retain and leverage its talent, few organizations have been able to achieve these goals. As the fault lines are traced down an organization, the blockage is not with the executives or employees, but most often with the managers that play such a critical role in executing this human capital strategy. At this level, outdated mindsets, roles, practices, and incentives guide managers to repeat mistakes in the past, stymie the success of the organization and block the path to high performance and improved productivity. It is time to add new importance and insight to the role of talent leader who can hire, inspire, grow and unleash talent within the organization. This presentation discusses the transition to managing others, how the role of manager must be redefined, and 7 critical skills for talent leadership.