Best Boss Take 5 | Unleash The Power of Your Core (Pt. 1)

Today, we’re delving into groundbreaking research by McKinsey, a global leader in organizational development and excellence. Their recent findings emphasize an often overlooked yet critical aspect of your organization: the middle managers. These individuals are the epicenter of influence, communication, culture, and change – essentially the core of your organization.

Here are three pivotal insights derived directly from the research:

The Power of Top-Performing Managers: McKinsey’s five-year study revealed that organizations with top-performing managers significantly outpaced those with average ones in terms of total shareholder return. Specifically, top-quartile organizations experienced a staggering 43% increase, highlighting the profound impact of investing time and resources in developing managerial excellence.

The 11 Critical Management Competencies: To truly unleash the potential of your middle managers, McKinsey identifies 11 critical qualities that warrant attention. These range from nurturing creativity and entrepreneurialism to fostering an open, trusting environment, emphasizing operational discipline, and encouraging managers to challenge their teams to exceed their perceived limits.

Evaluating and Developing Your Core: Reflect on these competencies within your organization—rate them on a scale of one to ten in terms of importance and assess how well you’re currently embodying them. This self-evaluation is crucial for identifying areas of strength and opportunities for growth, ensuring your leadership effectively harnesses the ‘lightning in a bottle’ that is your middle management.

In conclusion, as we unpack these insights further, we invite you to consider the profound influence your middle managers have on your organization’s success. Their development isn’t just beneficial; it’s essential for sustaining growth and fostering an environment of excellence.

For a deeper dive into these insights and how they can transform your leadership approach, reach out to us here.

About Danny

With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  — and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development — Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.