Middle Management Syndrome

Middle Management Syndrome’, an interesting article that draws our attention to a typical challenge faced by organizations today, offers some very important pointers for consideration.

Middle Management Syndrome or Middle Child Syndrome is a sandwich situation, where managers feel caught between the needs of their bosses and employees, where they are unable to fulfill the needs and expectations of both sides, “Of all leadership positions in an organization, middle managers feel the most pressure and stress from upper management and team members during periods of disruption and change, like the pandemic and the post-pandemic work environment,” says Paul Glover, an Illinois-based business and leadership speaker, coach and author.
This article gives us the unexpected statistic of managers, who are suffering from this syndrome, especially woman managers. Dr. Rosina Racioppi, CEO and president of WOMEN Unlimited Inc., an organization that works to develop, educate and mentor women leaders in New York says that additionally “…Women managers also find it difficult to self-promote, thinking that their work will speak for themselves. When women are overlooked because they are not advocating for themselves, this may lead to them leaving their job or even the workplace.” She suggests that training these female managers becomes essential to showcase their work.

“There is an assumption that a successful individual contributor will automatically make a good manager, but that is not always the case,” says Barbara Palmer, founder of Broad Perspective Consulting, a firm that focuses on work transitions and unlocking employee potential in Los Angeles. We, at GapSkills have long recognized this need and worked with organizations to train such middle management teams to fill the skills gaps and become skillful people managers. These Professional Development trainings also help middle managers increase the productivity of Quiet Quitters, who do the bare minimum but aren’t performing to their best.

Middle Management Syndrome can be managed with intentionality from higher management, open talk, data gathering from managers and redistributing resources. Today’s middle managers need to be groomed and prepared for becoming tomorrow’s top management and thus it is important to give specific focus to this band. As Palmer says, “Companies that allow for a transition to management with training, support, coaching and ongoing mentorship see higher retention rates and job satisfaction, both from the leaders and from those that they lead,” GapSkills Learning solutions ( www.gapskills.com ) offers leadership workshops and coaching to prepare leaders to become successful in managing the business and people, inspiring discretionary effort from their teams.
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Alexandra FrostDr. Bhulakshmi VellaAmrita Raj

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