Upper vs Middle Management.
This is a very introspective question, as it asks one to look at ones working style, and thinking pattern. After thinking about I think i could fit in both roles, as my working style is very adaptable. For both middle and upper manager one need to be self driven, and be able to withstand high pressure situation, as in both positions the manger is responsible for timely deliverables. However one skill that bifurcates both roles is having a proper vision. One needs to have a wide vision, meaning able to look past things and plan for 5 years or 10 years, upper management is responsible for directing not only employees but the company a whole.
For me personally, I believe I could be both. Both managements require extensive leadership qualities. However, as a person who aims to be the best at what they do, I would want to start from middle management. Completing the tasks for middle management would get me ready for performing better in upper management. I would also have an idea for how middle management works, and the things that don’t show efficient results. Although I’m better suited for upper management, working in middle management would be an eye-opener for me.
Personally, I see myself being much more effective in a middle management role than an upper management role. Not that I don't think I could be in upper management, but I think my working style is more effective when actively being involved in projects rather than overseeing them from above. I feel like by being in middle management, you have more input on how the projects are conducted and still get input on the project and get to do work on the project and work with the engineers to complete it. In upper management, it is more of a hands off position, which I do not like. You have to have trust in your employees to do everything correct and oversee the project from a distance and don't get to be nitty gritty with how anything is completed. I am definitely someone that likes to be very involved in projects and needs to be hands on to makes sure everything is done correctly and makes sense.
I also believe I could do both. I possess the leadership qualities that are required for both. I think i need more experience in middle management before pursuing upper management. That being said i know i can help a company succeed in upper management.
I believe my personal skills and development would be better suited for Middle Management. Individuals in the middle management role are usually meticulous people. My thinking is more detailed oriented rather than big picture. Middle management also make organizations perform better, make sure information is trusted, and function as communicators for upper management. They deliver information about organizational change initiatives and strategies to those in lower levels of the organization. The tone in which these messages are delivered are crucial as this can influence whether initiatives succeed or fail. I also believe I could do upper management as well, but I believe for me it would be best to start at middle management and then progress to upper management.
I personally feel like I could do both upper and middle management! At the level I am now, I feel my skills, knowledge, and expertise in the company I currently work for could be useful in middle management. Middle management takes a more tactical approach. They act to figure out a way support the vision of upper management. Upper management has a more broaden outlook. They look further down the line. So although I can do both, right now I would choose middle management. I feel I’m more comfortable with their level of management and what they have to deal with. I also feel in different fields, the management positions are the same, but holds different weight.