Leading from the Middle

You manage things; you LEAD people.

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Sometimes, being a middle manager can be challenging.

But with key skills and high confidence in our abilities, it can be manageable AND enjoyable to undertake this key position in an organization.

In PLC’s succession work, it has become very clear that there is a need for training at the middle management level to help managers both step into their leadership potential and develop the skills needed to manage people and resources effectively. Communication, supervision, financial management and a better understanding of leadership were all key areas that EDs and managers identified as crucial to helping middle managers not only survive but thrive in their roles. This is why we created the ‘Leading From The Middle’ program. We enable middle managers to connect and learn together to grow their network, their skills and their confidence.

There is no financial cost but participants will need to commit to the full program as we have found that full attendance gives the most benefit. This program is for Peel Region leaders only. 

Sessions include:

THE ART OF LEADERSHIP                                                                                                

What kind of leader do you aspire to be?  What is the difference between managing and leading? This workshop is a dialogue on leadership that balances practice and theory, using storytelling, promising practices, and reflection on our own experiences.  

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE/SUPERVISION                                                          

The best leaders are strong people managers. They know how to harness the skills, experience, needs and emotions of diverse professionals.  This workshop helps you to fine-tune your abilities in supervising, coaching and developing healthy teams.  We will also learn about emotional intelligence and why it’s so crucial to cultivating a positive and motivated work environment. 

MASTERING FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT                                                        

If you want to become a financial management rock star, then this is the workshop for you! Designed for program and project managers, this workshop will help you move from work planning to budgeting and from financial tracking to reporting.  

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS                                                                       

Effective communication is a key skill for successful leaders.  In this workshop, we explore practical models and approaches that will help you overcome barriers to communication, and prepare you to have and facilitate productive conversations based on trust and collaboration.   


Relationships are important in any sector. However, in the nonprofit sector they are of crucial importance to making the social change we want to see in the world. We cannot solve social issues by ourselves or even within our own organization. This session is all about networking, making connections and developing better collaborations in the sector. We will talk about the different stakeholders we will come in contact with as managers and how to grow our own and our organization’s professional network. 

The other half day of this session will be an opportunity for participants to bring together their learning and set action goals for the future. 

This program is full for 2017.

If you are interested in joining the next session of Leading from the Middle, please email us at info@peelleadershipcentre.org. 

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