Middle Managers

Essentials Of Middle Management

Middle managers play a vital role in their organisations’ success. As a bridge between the senior management and the rank-and-file officers of the organisations, they turn high-level strategic goals into action at the department or unit level.

However, middle managers are often not sufficiently prepared for making the transition to these positions. Furthermore, the rapid development of information technologies has enabled senior management to obtain operating level information directly, rather than rely on middle managers to surface such information. Increasingly, modern organisations have become flatter even as they have become larger in the pursuit of flexibility, responsiveness and innovation. As a result, many organisations are being restructured, with the role of middle managers being rethought and redefined.

In this context, middle managers are being asked to take on new roles and responsibilities even as they continue to perform key roles in goals and target setting, human resource management and financial stewardship. 

At the same time, there is still a need in a middle manager as an employee and they continue to play a significant role in organisations, specifically in setting an overall strategy and targets. They are also expected to become more flexible, adaptable and to pursue life-long learning. 

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is therefore pleased to offer an Executive Programme on Essentials of Middle Management which will provide participants with an integrated management toolkit. The Programme helps current up-and-coming leaders to become confident, “ready-now” general managers who can then contribute more effectively to the organisation’s broader strategies.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus) Singapore 259772

Mon 18 July 2016 to Thu 21 July 2016

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Fri 17 June 2016

To drive growth, innovation and change, organisations need to transform their specialised, functional managers into high-performing general managers who can lead at the intersection of key organisational goals and domains.

By attending this programme, participants will learn how to:

  • Integrate functional disciplines and take on cross-functional responsibilities
  • Become versatile, multi-faceted managers with an enterprise-wide perspective
  • Develop the capability to interact and influence more effectively across functions
  • Better understand their contributions to the organisation’s broader strategies
  • Expand self-awareness to lead high performance teams

The four day programme provides current and potential middle managers with an integrated view of the fundamentals of management and leadership so they can help drive improved performance throughout the organisation.

When these high performers take on middle management roles, they will need to expand their cross-functional understanding and develop an organisation-wide perspective. They must hone their ability to interact more effectively across the organisation and learn how to influence across functional areas.


The programme is designed for middle or first time managers across all sectors with at least 4 years of work experience. It is suitable for participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including marketing, operations, finance, accounting, human resources, IT, manufacturing.


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel:(65) 6601 1183/ (65) 6516 1032
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:17 Jun 2016