Today’s middle managers play crucial roles in organisation by balancing the demands of implementing strategic management initiatives with operational management as well as motivating and engaging the teams they lead. This programme focuses on the middle manager role which is an essential link between organisational strategy and operation as the organisation’s internal and external world.

Course Overview

Strategic Middle Management is a three-day programme which provides an overview of strategic leadership and complexity and what you need to know and understand, as well as the essential skills required to be successful in this role.

This Strategic Middle Management course is for you if you are….

  • an experienced middle manager who wants to develop their effectiveness and performance as a leader in preparation for senior management responsibilities
  • an aspiring middle manager who wants to build on their experience of managing a team to developing the leadership skills required to lead managers of teams
  • a leader or head of function who wants to be more effective at translating strategy into actions.

Programme Summary

Strategic Middle Management is a three-day programme which covers:

The role of the middle manager

The unique challenges of being truly effective at leading strategic change whilst managing day-to-day operations.

What is strategy and strategic thinking?

An overview of strategic leadership and approaches to developing strategy, how to influence upwards and communicate strategy downwards

How to lead effectively in a middle management role

Collaborative and dialogic approaches to leadership and how to engage your team and the wider organisation to deliver what is required.




Delivery Formats

  • Face-to-face, in an open group, at one of our training centres. You can select a start date and book here to follow one of our open programmes. This Strategic Middle Management course is regularly offered in our centres in Horsham (near London Gatwick airport), Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester and Singapore. You will be amongst like-minded individuals from other organisations, so there is also an opportunity to compare notes and learn from your peers.
  • Face-to-face, in your own private group. We can offer the same Strategic Middle Management Programme uniquely for your organisation. We come to you, on-site or off-site, and deliver the standard programme, or even a custom version to further meet your organisational goals.
  • Live online. We also deliver the exact same Essential Management Skills Programme through a rich blend of live, interactive online sessions, and pre- and post-reading and reflection. We use a range of up-to-the minute technologies, underpinned with our long-established learning management system. We provide a learning experience to remote, distributed or scattered teams with identical learning outcomes guaranteed. Live online programmes also save on travel time, accommodation fees and environmental impact.

Benefits for Participants

  • Greater understanding of the middle management role in achieving organisational success
  • Improved understanding of strategic leadership in a dynamic, complex organisational environment Increased self-awareness of your impact as a middle manager, your strengths and development areas.
  • Improved knowledge of organisational power and politics and how to work with conflict
  • An appreciation of complexity and how to lead effectively in a complex environment.

Benefits for Organisations

On completing Strategic Middle Management, your leader wil

  • Have a clearer understanding of how they can add further value to their organisation by operating more strategically and be more able to contribute and engage in the strategic process.
  • Have a broader understanding of how to handle complexity and the collaborative skills needed to drive performance
  • Be more a more effective and confident leader in their central role as the link between strategy and operations

Programme director

Photo of Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams ,MBA, BA (Hons), FCIPD, CTA (Organisational), Fellow CIPD
Meet the team

When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham 3 to Available £1,000* N/A Book
Horsham 3 to Available £1,000* N/A Book

Programme Details

Day One: The Role of the Middle Manager

We’ll explore what it means for those in leadership roles who need to balance taking responsibility for operations with implementing strategic change from the top. You’ll develop your ability to remain resourceful under pressure and increase your awareness on how to be more effective as a leader.

Day Two: What Is Strategy and Strategic Thinking?

We’ll explore approaches to developing strategy and thinking strategically in an environment that is complex and ambiguous. We’ll outline some practical tools and techniques to influence senior leaders that will improve your ability to guide decision-making rather than just being a pair of hands to implement change.

Day Three: Leading with Impact

On the final day we’ll explore what this means for your approach to leadership. We’ll explore collaborative and dialogic approaches to leadership, political savviness and broad organisational engagement.

Need to customise this?

If this or any other programme is not quite what you’re looking for, remember that our consultants can customise an existing programme, or create a totally new one to fit your context. We can also deliver our open or custom programmes in-house at your office or venue of your choice.

Talk to us to find out more: Telephone 01293 854042 or email