Empowering Middle Managers with Leadership Training

by | Apr 25, 2023

Empower your team

Empowering middle managers plays a crucial role in driving organizational success, as they are responsible for executing strategy, leading teams, and driving innovation. According to a recent article by McKinsey & Company, they face a unique set of challenges, including limited resources, competing priorities, and limited visibility into senior leadership decision-making.

The study indicates that organizations that invest in leadership development for their middle managers see a 3.5 times higher return on investment than those that do not. This is because leadership training helps middle managers develop the skills needed to manage their teams effectively, set goals, and monitor performance.

Communication is critical to effective leadership, and middle managers who are skilled communicators can build trust and rapport with their teams. They can also convey important information effectively, delegate tasks, and provide feedback in a way that is both constructive and motivating.

According to a study by the Center for Creative Leadership, middle managers who undergo leadership training are better equipped to identify and address complex problems. They are also more likely to take a proactive approach to problem-solving, rather than waiting for issues to escalate.

Managers who learn strategic thinking skills are better able to align their team’s goals with the organization’s overall strategy. This is because leadership training helps middle managers understand the bigger picture and the role that their team plays in achieving organizational goals.

Other critical leadership skills include the development of emotional intelligence, which is the ability to understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This enables middle managers to build relationships with their team members, understand their needs and motivations, and provide support when needed.

While there are many benefits to leadership training for middle managers, it is important to note that not all training programs are created equal. According to McKinsey, effective leadership training programs for middle managers should include the following elements:

  • Customization: Leadership training programs should be tailored to the specific needs of the organization and the individual managers.
  • Integration: Leadership training should be integrated into the manager’s daily work, rather than being a one-time event.
  • Coaching: Managers should receive ongoing coaching and feedback to help them apply what they have learned in the training program.
  • Measurement: The effectiveness of the training program should be measured using metrics such as employee engagement, retention rates, and performance.

If your middle managers face these challenges, training through Blue Fjord Leaders may be an option that’s right for you. Our training uses the Blue Fjord Leadership System and covers a wide range of topics, including communication, decision-making, delegation, difficult discussion, and emotional intelligence. Training is tailored to your organization and goals and it is applied in the real world. We provide interactive, engaging training both virtually and in-person.

Empowering middle managers through leadership training can have a significant impact on organizational performance. By investing in the development of middle managers, organizations can build a strong leadership pipeline, improve employee engagement, and drive sustainable growth and success.

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Hartmann, T., & Ryan, B. (2019). Developing Middle Managers: Building Capabilities That Matter.
McKinsey & Company. Retrieved from https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/developing-middle-managers-building-capabilities-that-matter
Center for Creative Leadership. (n.d.). Mid-Level Leaders. Retrieved from https://www.ccl.org/leadership-solutions/mid-level-leaders/




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Author Byline: Founder and CEO of Blue Fjord Leaders, Shelley Row P.E. CSP, was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 leadership speakers. Professional engineer and former senior executive, she was recognized as one of the best minds in advanced traffic management systems.

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