Leading in the Middle

Insights from UNC Professor and Senior Associate Dean of UNC Executive Development Dave Hofmann

The reality of modern work is that many of us are employed in large organizations, yet very few clearly understand how they operate. Managers are often taught everything from finance to marketing and how to motivate their teams. But, the essential skills of navigating multiple stakeholders with competing priorities and understanding organizational and political implications are rarely addressed. Learn how middle managers can address these challenges and find a balance.  

This resource will examine:

  • "Leading in the middle"
  • A three-step process for leading a modern organization
  • How managers can navigate competing demands and priorities within an organization
  • How to develop a middle manager's leadership skills
  • Common challenges between corporate and the business line