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The New Reality of Mid-Level Leadership: A Closer Look at Middle Managers in Australia – Executive Summary

Mid-level leaders play a critical role as part of the new world economy. As companies shift their business strategies to remain competitive, mid-level leaders will carry out the executive agenda and interpret and execute corporate mandates. As such, we conducted a global study of 2,000 mid-level managers across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States to hear how they felt about their jobs, the skills required for success, their level of engagement and loyalty, and their future plans. As more than 15 percent of the leaders surveyed were from Australia, we developed an Executive Summary of the key global and local highlights.

Put Your Money in the Middle: A meta-study and talent management guide for mid-level leaders

The findings in the full global report are organised around five points of view that will help you to harness the incredible power of your mid-level leaders as a growth engine for recovery. With each viewpoint, we offer our take on the implications of the data and our suggestions for talent management initiatives that will enable you to better leverage this critical corporate resource.

Some key findings include:

  • Business drivers bring alignment and focus to integrated talent management systems.
  • Execution, change, and innovation top the mid-level leader agenda.
  • Mid-level leaders lack the confidence and training needed to execute on the business drivers of their organisation.
  • After a brief respite given the economy, there’s a resurgence of concern about selecting leaders, and unique concerns for doing so at the midlevel.
  • Organisations will lose leaders with critical skills, but those who prepare well will fare significantly better than their competitors.

Read the full global study, Put Your Money in the Middle.

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