HBR's 10 Must Reads for Mid-Level Managers: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

  • 6h 9m 10s
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

The pandemic, and the resultant ever-evolving landscape of hybrid work, highlighted that we're asking more of our mid-level managers than ever. You balance leading your team with maintaining your high-level individual performance. You provide feedback and coaching, support your people through tough times, field requests large and small, and communicate in every direction. Mid-level managers are the key to managing a hybrid workforce, leading innovation, managing talent, and helping your organization—and its people—adapt to our changing world.

If you read (or listen to) nothing else on being an effective mid-level manager, listen to these ten articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the best ones to help you manage up and down, interpret and distill important messages, lobby for time and resources for key projects and players, and lead change—all while getting things done.

This book will inspire you to: build teams and develop talent; transform your role from intermediary to innovator; encourage critical thinking; foster a culture of psychological safety; lead change by leveraging internal networks; understand the cognitive and emotional drain of having both high and low power; and form partnerships at every level of the organization.

About the Author

Harvard Business Review Press is a leading global book publisher and a division of the Harvard Business Review Group. HBR Press publishes for the general, professional, and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, and management. Recent bestselling titles include HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself, Playing to Win, A Sense of Urgency, Leading the Life You Want, Conscious Capitalism, The Founder’s Mentality, HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Mental Toughness, and The First 90 Days.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Managers Can’t Do It All by Diane Gherson and Lynda Gratton
  • Chapter 2 - The Real Value of Middle Managers by Zahira Jaser
  • Chapter 3 - In Praise of Middle Managers by Quy Nguyen Huy
  • Chapter 4 - Managing Your Boss by John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter
  • Chapter 5 - Get the Boss to Buy In by Susan J. Ashford and James Detert
  • Chapter 6 - The Secrets of Great Teamwork by Martine Haas and Mark Mortensen
  • Chapter 7 - How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams by Joan C. Williams and Sky Mihaylo
  • Chapter 8 - Making the Hybrid Workplace Fair by Mark Mortensen and Martine Haas
  • Chapter 9 - Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull
  • Chapter 10 - The Leader as Coach by Herminia Ibarra and Anne Scoular
  • Chapter 11 - Make the Most of Your One-on-One Meetings by Steven G. Rogelberg
  • Chapter 12 - Learn When to Say No by Bruce Tulgan
  • Chapter 13 - Begin with Trust by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss