Leadership Potentials and Decision-Making Practices of Middle Level Managers in Higher Education Institutions
The main objective of this study was to determine the leadership potentials of middle-level managers in Higher Education Institutions in terms of work motivation, personal and organizational ethics, management communication and commitment and accountability based on the assessment of immediate supervisors. Further, this study also assessed the extent middle-level managers manifest decision-making practices. The study revealed that in terms of motivation, middle-level managers uphold the university’s vision, mission and core values; while in terms of personal and organizational ethics, they are very welcoming to suggestions from immediate supervisors and colleagues; in terms of management communication, they interact with clientele and peers in a professional manner; and lastly, in terms of commitment and accountability, middle-level managers were assessed to be providing quality service to meet clienteles’ needs and satisfaction. Middle-level managers were assessed to be manifesting leadership potentials to a great extent. With respect to decision-making practices, it was notable that middle-level managers were said to be consulting their immediate supervisors and listening to feedbacks before making decisions. This study proposed leadership aspiration initiatives for middle-level managers, these include empowerment of the middle-level managers by giving them a voice in decision-making, investment in their morale, provision of career development opportunities, capitalizing on communication, and investment in health and safety. A study focused on professional development activities for high- level managers and executives including deans and directors to enhance their leadership initiatives was then recommended.
Keywords - Middle-Level Managers, Leadership Potentials, Decision-Making Practices, Leadership Aspiration Initiatives