Mid-level leaders are the glue between strategy and execution
That sentence above has been a long-held belief of mine for over two decades of developing and delivering leadership development programs.
Unfortunately, mid-level leaders are not always put in a position to be highly successful. As a result, organizations often fail to meet strategic goals. My role is to help you change that.
Research from a variety sources, including Towers Perrin and Gallup, conclusively shows that the single biggest impact on employees giving their best at work is the working climate created by their first-line managers. Managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement through the workplace (and working from home) climates they create in their teams.
Research from Bain & Company and EIU Research, reported in Harvard Business Review a few years ago, revealed that Engaged Employees are 1.44 times more productive than Satisfied Employees and twice as productive as Dissatisfied Employees. Even more significant, Inspire Employees are 2.25 times more productive than Satisfied Employees and three times more productive than Dissatisfied Employees.
Simply put, if you want better business results, help your managers perform at their best – as managers! The single biggest lever to higher organizational performance is to help your managers behave and lead in a way that fosters the best performances of their teams.
Common Mistakes Undermining Managers
There are three common mistakes that organizations make which undermine the ability of their managers to lead and produced Engaged and Inspired team members, and hence impact business results:
1) Putting people into management roles without equipping them properly (time to sink or swim!)
2) Under training or doing once-off learning programs for managers after they have 6-9 months in their new roles (too late!)
3) Training people who do not want to be trained (wasted money and dissatisfied staff!)
Fortunately, it is not difficult, hard, or expensive to fix these mistakes.
I will be giving a free 50-minute webinar on how to overcome these organizational errors on March 17 at 2pm (Central). Here’s the link to the registration page for this webinar.