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.