Karen S. Goins

6 x 9, soft cover edition
136 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-9832522-0-7

Retail price: $14.95 US


Karen Goins is a compassionate, confident, former Fortune 500 executive. She is an experienced organizational coach and educator who works with corporations, not-for-profits, academia and government.

Karen Goins' passion for developing current and future leaders has been a staple in her life for many years.

In Leading from the Middle Conversations with Successful Middle-Managers, Ms. Goins interviews sixteen middle-managers from across multiple industries, ethnicities, backgrounds, and generations. Their discussions offer a unique tapestry of successes, failures, setbacks, and triumphs, presented in an engaging and teachable way.

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Endorsements for "Leading from the Middle"

Masterfully done- in conversational style- so the reader hears candidly and first-hand the impact that mid-level managers are making in all types and size organizations. In "Leading From the Middle", Ms. Goins accentuates the fact that middle managers have the dual role of 'doing the right things' & 'doing things right'. This is an excellent resource for leaders at any level.

Craig B. Fulton
Senior Vice President
Bank of America Corporation


From soldiers to corporate middle managers, Karen Goins elicits stories that can teach and inspire. Thanks for this much-needed opportunity to show the path others have gone before and succeeded in the challenging "sandwich" role of middle management!"

Karlin Sloan
CEO, Leadership Consultant
Author of "Smarter, Faster, Better" & "Unfear: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty"


In Leading from the Middle, the revelations will surprise and inspire you. Ms. Goins' interview style provides an enjoyable read especially if you are in middle-management.

Ann Monterio, Emerita
University of Michigan College of Engineering, Assistant Dean for Students


Karen Goins' Leading from the Middle explores the vast zone of middle management that is often neglected in "leadership" books. An inspiring and significant book, Leading from the Middle shares touching stories of middle managers that you won't find anywhere else! Enjoy this fascinating read!

Marshall Goldsmith
New York Times and million copy best-selling author of MOJO and
What Got You Here Won't Get You There


Leading from the Middle-Conversations with Successful Middle Managers engages the reader from the beginning. You feel like you are a part of the discussion and with each interview you find commonalities – things you can relate to and draw from. I found myself inspired, encouraged and empowered by the experiences shared and the opportunities for growth represented.

Danata Andrews
Vice President and COO
Quad County Urban League

There is no tougher position, no greater glory, no better sense of accomplishment than ‘Leading  from the Middle’ and this compilation truly identifies the same  from a broad perspective. While great minds may lead and good employees can provide labor, the heart of any agency lies within its cadre of middle manage.

Willie J Brownlee
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives


It is good to read a book that provides the perspective of everyday people leading challenging situations.  I have managed for a long time, yet I learned a lot from these conversations.  Hats off for discussing non text book courageous leadership!

Kirk Brittain
Human Resources Business Partner
 Presbyterian Healthcare, Norvant Health



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