➣ Have you got middle managers with high potential that’s just not being realised?

➣ Does it feel like you spend more time in the weeds helping to pull your middle managers up than getting on with being the strategic leader you know you need to be?

➣ Do you have middle managers who are disconnected, struggling to perform and drive their own team’s performance?

➣ Are your mid-level managers a group not a team? 

If you’re experiencing leadership breakdowns and breakages between the ELT and the Management Team, and you’d like to transform your middle managers into engaged and high performing leaders (who also drive and inspire high performing employees), we need to talk…

Because the middle matters!

The more engaged the middle is, the higher the retention, the greater the loyalty and the lower the turnover.

Leadership development for middle managers is not achieved through a ‘one size fits all approach’.

I get real results and I do this without wasting your time and money, ensuring a real and proven return on investment.



Middle Managers “the economy’s last best hope“!

Sam Walker

Deputy Editor, The Wall Street Journal

 Middle managers not only play a part in company success, but they are actually the single most important factor in driving productivity

Gallup World Poll

Middle Managers “the economy’s last best hope“!

Sam Walker

Deputy Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Middle managers are critical for driving business success.

Middle managers are the glue, connectors, the conduit for an organisation’s success. The performance and productivity of frontline employees are directly influenced by middle managers.
Senior leaders can rely on their middle managers to keep them up to date on what’s working, what’s not, as well the opportunities they can cease and leverage.
Forbes believes middle managers are the key to any company’s financial success, stating that middle management “binds purpose and execution.”Middle Managers will excel in their leadership when they continuously develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.
CEOs and Senior executives set the direction but it’s the middle managers who are perfectly positioned to relaise the strategy.
Middle managers are perfectly positioned to know what’s going on at the fontline and feed critical information upwards for the organisation’s direction.Middle managers are perfectly positioned to inspire the frontline.
Employees look to their direct line manager for direction, guidance, motivation and support, this makes middle managers the most powerful leaders in your business.
Employee retention and engagement, company culture and profit all rely on the power of your middle managers.



Through presentations at your annual meeting and conference, I open the eyes, minds and hearts of your middle managers to step up and realise their value.

Check out the speaker reel.







I transform middle managers into engaged and high performing leaders who drive and inspire high performing employees. This means high retention, greater loyalty, lower turnover. Bottom line: more productivity, more profit!

I achieve this through a range of powerful initiatives, such as:



MMMastery Programs™

Middle Managers Online Muster™


Management Success Cards, and a range of books and other resources

Book Sally for your management team meeting, annual meeting, association conference or training.

Companies Sally’s Worked With

Griffith Uni
Griffith Uni
Vigor Events
Griffith Uni
Smit Lamnalco

About Sally Foley-Lewis

I get cranky every time I hear, “People don’t leave organisations, they leave their manager.”

With the right leadership and professional development, middle managers will lead people who love to follow them.

Having been a CEO, and holding a range of middle management roles, I know first hand how lonely it can be in leadership roles, including middle management. I’ve been in the trenches and understand the challenges of dealing with the pressures to achieve more, drive performance, keep the team engaged and productive… and get your own work done!

Having worked with thousands of middle managers across a diverse range of industries and cultures and geographies, I’ve helped middle managers achieve more with less stress; lead effectively and productively; amplify their self-leadership so they are more confident, influential and impactful for the business!

Middle managers get a bad rap and I’m sick of it! They are perfectly positioned and have far more power and potential to influence up, across and down the organisation! I help middle managers move and improve.

Global, multi award winning speaker, facilitator, author and coach with over exceptional qualifications, I help the C-Suite and the B-Suite work as one A-Team! For examples of the work I have done, click here.

Sally Foley-Lewis

Sally is definitely an OMG speaker! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her session today at the event and learned a lot! I highly recommend Sally for your event, she will surprise you for sure and will create a huge impact! Sally, you are amazing!!

Olga Geidane

Motivational Speaker

Sally says her wisdom is for middle managers but her smart thoughts and questioning nature really helps everyone examine their problems, motivations and create their own solutions. She does this with such a lightness of touch you sometimes don’t notice she’s done it. She’s remarkable. Book her to speak then book her to train. She’s fascinating.

Maz (Farrelly) Speaks

CEO Whisper, author, Speaker, MC Trainer and Communications & Media Specialist, Absolutely Farrelly

What a fantastic session at our recent conference! Sally shared examples and information that were relatable, equipping us with effective productivity strategies and reminded us of good habits we may have let slide.

From GM and through the entire group, everyone has learnt new tools and the buzz following the event indicates people are actually implementing them.

Thanks Sally for sharing your knowledge and practical tips, and throwing in some laughs!

Sally’s information, tools, energy and interaction meant it was the best session of the conference!

Abby Fields

Team Leader, Queensland Cancer Council

Sally is the best! I was lucky to work with her on the Productive Leader Seminar in Kuwait.

One of the most cooperative and professional speakers I have worked with. Not only she is engaging, knowledgeable and interactive during the seminar, but also she is a smooth communicator, understanding and modest when dealing with others.

She was very present and responsive from the first contact and contributed in making a very successful event with a very high clients’ feedback.

I am glad I had the opportunity to work with her and will never hesitate to work with her again whenever there’s an opportunity.

Abdul-Quom Ali

Marketing and Event Coordinator , Vigor-Enterprise

I had the pleasure of attending Sally’s Boost Your Productivity Workshop and a follow up one-one session.

I found Sally helped me understand the important elements of my role to give me focus, change my schedule and get the most out of my ‘peaks’, to allow me to improve my productivity at work, my staff and my life in general.

Sally delivers her sessions with energy, humour, well-founded experience and memorable anecdotes. I walked away feeling energised, and ready to take on my new role with a plan and enthusiasm.

Jennifer Torrens

Strategic Planner, Coffs Harbour City Council

Sally’s secret skill is to teach us practical tools to change our behaviours so we can increase our personal productivity and the productivity of the people we lead.

Gone are the days where productivity is equated solely to time management. Sally has shown me how to better focus on the effectiveness of my efforts in order to be more productive, and therefore get more done!

If you need help when it comes to your productivity, then I strongly suggest you speak to Sally.


Author, Mel Kettle & Associates

Acknowledgement of Country

I acknowledge all First Peoples of this land and celebrate their enduring connections to Country, knowledge and stories. I pay respects to Elders and Ancestors who watch over us and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

I want to particularly pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land, water ways and sky in the region surrounding Yuggera and Turrbal. It is in this region I am so honoured to live and each day stand in awe and wander of the mountains, creeks and big sky and be reminded of the Dreaming. Thank you.


DISC Certified
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Belbin accredited
MRG Partner

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  • Leadership Styles
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  • Communication Styles
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Behavioural Styles
  • Conflict
  • Team Roles
  • Motivators