The Issue with Middle Management
Building Leadership Through Middle Management
Throughout multiple blog posts from With Purpose, we focus on the three foundational pieces for any business.
These three pillars are people, processes, and profits. Through all forms of content, we have talked and written about it. You can find more blog posts on it here:
With that said, we want to break down and expand on the foundation, informing and bringing value to your business.
Building up the foundation is what we do with our clients when we bring business & leadership consulting to them. It is what we can do for you.
So, leadership. Your people, do you care for them?
You can’t run the show. To grow and expand, you need to hire people to take over roles and responsibilities that you did first.
It is an investment for you to hire more and more employees. When you have more, you can do more.
Your people help you build, grow, and scale your business beyond anywhere it has been in years past. You have the power to not stop it from doing more.
Don’t let your business become stagnant from your unwillingness to continue investing IN your employees, not just getting more.
Allow them opportunities to grow and develop. Build upon their skill. Let them gain more leadership experience through their teams and responsibilities.
This investment into growth and scaling improves the backbone of your entire company: the middle managers.
They’re the ones that got promoted continuously to the seniority they work to achieve. These managers know the business. They know how it’s been running.
But naturally, they cannot keep up on how to continue running it.
From an environment of being told what to do to lead a team of their own, it leaves a gap in skillsets.
They got the promotion that allowed them to do more and be more. But these managers cannot have that if you as a leader don’t give them additional training and resources to thrive.
Bring the training that will allow them to become a more significant part of your organization. Pass more responsibility and trust down the ladder.
If you can’t allow middle management to thrive, don’t expect the rest of your business to flourish.
As I said, they are the backbone. Middle managers control the business through understanding upper leadership. Then influencing the lower leadership and beyond to follow suit with business plans.
Middle management brings the ability for communication, projects, and people to thrive inside the organization.
Business and leadership development is just that. Resources to thrive beyond the one meeting a year that discusses leadership development.
What proper Leadership Development should look like for your middle managers and teams:
- Teaches how to be an influential and effective leader.
Being a leader is a complex role to play. Some naturally assume the responsibility, others have a lot of empathy and no influence, and the rest manage without leading.
No matter the category your people fit in, building up these skills is essential because there is always room to grow as a leader.
These skills translate across all areas of life and inside the organization. They learn the qualities to become a better manager, partner, employee, boss, community outreach, etc.
More than just the individual. Everyone around them becomes built up as well. Imagine a community that thrives together.
That is what leadership development brings.
As another benefit to leadership development, communication will rise to new heights.
- Grows communication throughout the business.
As I previously mentioned above, middle management means you need good communication. Information is constantly shifting from the top-down and the bottom up.
Middle managers need the skills necessary to become effective at gathering and reproducing the information with clarity to another party.
If it’s ineffective, clarity is lost, and miscommunication becomes common. Everyone must be on the same page to push the business forward, relying on middle management to make it happen.
Growing communication skills help that, and it also benefits communication between teams, management, customers, vendors, and all other aspects regarding contact around the organization.
These last two points lead to our third and final point.
- Assists in job training and furthering skillsets.
Learning isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a one-and-done sort of principle. Learning is a lifelong concept that should have continual focus throughout careers. Leadership development can teach and benefit middle managers more than ever.
Through development, managers of any seniority can work on weak points in business. Another benefit is it will also excel in what they already know, love, and understand.
Why wouldn’t you want to invest in your employees?
Wouldn’t you want to see your organization thrive through middle management?
Give your employees the resources and abilities to thrive. Not only for the employee, but the team, the company, and the community they’ve built
Leadership development for your employees with a focus on middle managers is substantial to the overall well-being of your company.
You allow them to grow personally and professionally, benefiting not only the people around them but more increased change culturally in your business.
Invest in your people, invest in your business.
Get started with leadership development. With Purpose provides these services to businesses of any size and industry.
With an emphasis on your people, processes, and profits, we will help uplift you and your business to grow where it wants to be.
With Purpose will help your individual needs. Through a non-cookie cutter approach, your business will gain the attention and support it needs from experienced and qualified consultants.
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