Let's Give Them Something To Talk About
by Peter Block
Sorry We're Closed: Diary of A Shutdown
The New Leadership
Middle management used to be known in cost-cutting circles as a layer of fact frequently characterize as bureaucrats, bottlenecks and barriers. Creating an unnecessary stratum between executives and workers, middle managers consequently were heavily hit in “rightsizing”. Now, as more and more workers have been empowered to take control of their jobs, senior executives find they do not have the time to direct, coordinate and oversee worker activities. Middle managers are needed once again to bridge the gap. But there has been a sea change in what middle managers do and how they do it.
“Middle managers are a wonderful new resource to organizations now, “ asserts David Hofrichter, managing director The Hay Group, a management consulting firm. “They are very different from the managers who were laid off in droves. Untethered by old hierarchies and structure, they are individuals with leadership potential who have broad perspective. We see them as an emerging new leadership class.”
Companies Scramble for
Hofrichter notes that it is now the middle managers, not the executives who lead teams and who can bring together groups to work across boundaries. These new leaders have the ability to get things done throughout the organizations because they are more mobile and able to move around easily. These new style managers have a broader skills set and facilitate solutions on their own, unlike their predecessors who retreated into an existing hierarchy to avoid making decisions.
“Developing leadership within an organizations is essential, especially when your long-term strategy includes implementing rigorous quality programs like GE’s Sigma Six. These types of aggressive programs require new style leaders to make them work. And not only of the work for the bottom line they deliver homegrown leadership program that is hard to beat,” says Hofrichter.
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