Between reduced resources, nagging uncertainty, and pressures to produce results, today's managers are facing tough challenges. Companies are dramatically reducing their ranks of managers who do not add measurable value to the organization.
In fact, an article by Lynda Gratton in the Harvard Business Review says that "the classic job of the middle management will soon disappear." What's a classic middle management job? Someone whose primary role is to keep things running smoothly. Like a "switching station for data and information" one person said. Much of this role can now be handled using technology. It can monitor performance, provide instant feedback, even create reports and presentations. Plus, more and more teams are increasingly self-managed. They don't want or need some who seems to just be around to tell them what to do when.
In short, Dilbert's days are numbered! Well, really, his pointed headed boss' days are numbered.
At the same time, other research from Ethan Mollick at the Wharton School of Business shows that middle managers may be the most important people in a company-but only if they have the right set of skills for today's work environment.
Now more than ever, what does a manager need to do to be seen as a valuable leader within his or her organization? Well, I have 7 specific strategies for you - to not only make you an invaluable leader but a Bodacious Leader as well.