What you need to lead from the middle...
A LinkedIn Pulse post by Michael McGuire outlines 6 ‘must have’ skills / behaviours for middle managers.
He writes, “I don’t mean to devalue anyone’s position in an organization but…I truly believe leading from the middle may be the hardest job in any company. Mid-level managers often have to manage a function, lead a team, think tactically, think strategically, manage up, down, and across, communicate up, down, and across, have a certain level of business acumen, have a certain level of financial acumen, clearly communicate organizational goals, objectives, strategies, and vision, motivate and influence others, set appropriate performance and development goals for direct reports, coach, conduct performance review discussions, and when they have time…sleep."
His post shares some information that helps to better understand the role these 6 skills/behaviours play. Knowing more about these 6 skills/behaviours – and formulating a plan to build or enhance them – will help to provide a strong leadership foundation for anyone transitioning into leadership or leading from the middle.
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