I think mid level management is the worst job to have in todays environment and here is why
I was an Executive Director (Nursing Home Administrator) the average salary is about 150,000 annually I worked my tail off and there was one time I calculated I made 39 dollars an hour over a 12 week time period because I was always in the facility cleaning up things that needed to be done. This was my job and this was when I went to troubled facilities to help our organization. I did this continually for about 5 years until I realized I was not making that much, that with all the time spent I was making about half that. Although it did teach me to be a great administrator it also taught me not to be "married" to my job and the time spent in it. I started to delegated all the things I learned over the years to mid level management and continue to do this with my co-workers.
In the military they have 3 kinds of workers/designations
1. Officers who are like the executive director responsible for everything, focus is on the paper trails/audits/reports, policies, procedures, daily operations it is your name on the line so of course you want to look good and you expect good performance out of all those you are responsible for. I get the credit if we are good and the bonus or I get the wrath of corporate if we fail.
2. Enlisted- these are the ones who really do all the hard work, get in the trenches, direct care much like a floor nurse. With enlisted experience you get promoted to supervisor and maybe mid level management where it is expected that you get those reports, scheduling, annual review ready for my review at an executive level. You get heck from the top and from the bottom, and not much pay. If the executive fails you get a new executive, if the executive succeeds then you get a pizza party.
3. Warrant Officers- These people are a special designation. They have the subject matter expertise, are not responsible for really anyone person, the go to person for any issues/fires where they tell you what you can and cannot do and the Officer/enlisted can run with it or not...this position is much like a House Nursing Supervisor and this position is great to be in as long as you are an expert at what you do. You will find this person on some sort of QA board again with no "hands on" feed back/report responsibility/any tasking, they are there for their input.
Being a house supervisor would to me be the perfect position if I am subject matter expert, if I had common sense and good at what I do. My spouse who is CIO of a small computer firm will not manage anyone at any time, he acts like the Warrant Officer at all times. He has a manager who does all the "managerial work" for him and only signs off on annual eval and big picture documentation that have been developed by his guidance (he just checks in once in a while to see the development/project/improvement is going good). Staff go to him for specific question the supervisor cannot answer, management goess to him for his expertise when it comes to decision making. House supervisors to me are like managers, they have the expertise and the "influence" move the company in the direction it needs to go...this is what leadership is about.