Self-awareness is vital to your success. Take the time to ask for feedback about your middle management acumen. Here are a few talking points you can use to introduce the topic:
- “I would love to get a few ideas from you for my development plan.” Don’t say you want feedback, as this idea might scare some; asking for ideas is not as intimidating.
- “Here is a list of capabilities of great middle managers. Which of these do you think would be most important based on my department’s goals for the year?”
- “I would like to find and network with role models for these capabilities. Who, in our organization, do you think does ...