If you have a boss and are a boss, you’ll be very familiar with the messy middle. Leading from the middle requires a special mindset and specific leadership skills. In this episode, former P&G senior executive and author Scott Mautz gives you practical skills and the mindset to thrive and transform your organization. Have something ready to write with – you’ll want to take notes!
Leading from the Middle
2:47 – The early tough leadership lessons we learn by trying. You don’t have to be good to start, but you do have to start to be good.
5:14 – What it means to lead from the middle and why Scott avoids the label “middle manager.”
7:28 – The passion Scott has for people leading from the middle and the opportunity you have when leading from the middle.
8:32 – The tensions and challenges that come with leading in the middle. For example, you both have authority and need to be deferential. Are autonomous but need to collaborate.
10:34 – The inherent role of conflict at the intersection of horizontal and vertical information flow.
12:42 – The research-based mindsets that the most effective middle managers embrace. How they reframe their role from being stuck to one of massive opportunity and influence.
17:25 – A look at several of the critical roles that help you succeed at leading from the middle, starting with the role of Translator.
20:04 – The Synthesizer role and how you make vision and strategy relevant for your teams
21:22 – The role of Strategist, and why it might be the most important role when leading from the middle – and the number one action you can take to become a better strategist – even when you’re pressed for time.
29:53 – The role of Sense Maker and how you add context and interpret what is happening, being sure to fill in the blanks for everyone on your team.
34:10 – The vital role your peers play in your success and how to build more effective relationships with your colleagues.
40:56 – Your relationship with your boss, the most common problem managers have with their own boss, and the number one action you can take to solve this challenge and build a more effective working relationship.
45:29 – Recognizing the humanity of both your boss and yourself.