Everyone is familiar with the term “middle management” but the term “middle leadership” is rarely heard.
But the vast majority of leadership actions come not from the top but from the middle of an organization. That a person needs a high position or important sounding title in order to lead is perhaps the single greatest leadership myth of all.
The top leaders in an organization may indeed make the biggest decisions but it’s all the daily decisions made by people in the middle leadership roles that make those big decisions possible.
Top leaders who forget that do so at their own peril.
Many people in the middle of an organization believe that they can’t lead because they don’t have a position or title of leadership. That’s just not so!
Not only can you lead, you can lead in all directions. You can of course lead down the organizational chart, you can lead across and you can even lead up. You don’t need anything other than influence and a desire to make a difference from wherever you are in your organization.
The key to leading from the middle, well really leading from anywhere, is to first lead yourself exceptionally well. To lead yourself you must be able to make your own decisions. You also must be able to complete your work without requiring a ton of help and input from those around you.
You must be able to manage your emotions and attitude in such a way that your presence adds value to those around you. I understand that no one can do that 100% of the time but putting a little focus in that attitude control area will make a big difference in creating a positive influence with those individuals you would hope to lead.
Never never forget, your attitude is your choice and it is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make.
Integrity is an absolute must for Authentic Servant Leadership and the ability to control your emotions and maintain a positive attitude are not far behind.
So…who controls your attitude?
4 thoughts on “Middle Leadership”
Thank you, Steve. It has been an extremely trying period at work and I really needed to be reminded today about who is actually in control of my attitude!
You’ve very welcome, I’m glad the timing worked out for you. Remember, just because you can’t control your environment doesn’t mean you can’t control how you respond to it. That’s always our choice.