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Leading from Mid Organization – With Your Head, Heart and Guts

Overview

For those in middle management positions, leadership and taking action can be a delicate balance between acting within your job description and filling in the gaps in authority on the organizational chart. Leading from mid organization requires head – knowing what action to take – and heart – caring about those affected by your actions – while maintaining trust and upholding the values of your organization.

In this video, Dr. Melanie Cohen, IT Strategist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, interviews Dr. Marvin Stankard of the University of Pennsylvania about leading from mid organization and the challenges and those in middle management positions face when finding and filling organizational gaps in authority.

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Reflection

  • What are your experiences in leading from a mid-level position? How did you recognize the problem and how did you work with the organizational layers above and below to get the job done?

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