Don’t go out when the pooth is full
Posted August 18, 2008on:
Sometimes it’s easier for me to figure out what I want but figuring out what I would be like. That sentence made no sense, right. Let me put it another way. I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of supervisor I would really like to work for. However, I’m finding it easier to think of it in terms of what type of supervisor would I want to be if I were one. Make more sense?
1. Good listener – Nobody will ever deny that listening skills are necessary to supervise people. If you aren’t willing to really hear what people say, you’re probably not going to be very effective. With this though is being able to listen beyond words as well. And being able to put personal bias and reactions aside.
2. Follow through – I want to be the type of supervisor who does what she says. And if for some reason I can’t or don’t, I’d better have a really good reason.
3. Know when to lead – Depending on the group I’d supervise, I have to know when it’s imperative to step in and provide strong leadership and when it’s okay to let others take the lead. As a leader I would need to provide a strong foundation and create a productive environment for my employees.
4. Honesty and integrity – If I don’t act with both of these qualities, it’s going to be hard to expect employees to respect me. If I do something wrong or make a mistake, I need to ‘fess up and take responsibility. And you can’t expect these things out of people if you don’t have them yourself.
5. Respect – We all know it’s important to treat people with respect. I’d want my employees to know that I respect them, their contributions, and their opinions. And I’d tell them that I do. Respect should be used more as a verb and less as a noun.
These are really just the basics, but I think if I could work within them, all the other stuff that comes with supervising would fall into place. You know, when I look at the list, it’s stuff that employees should do as well. If you get these things coming from both sides, you’re likely to have a productive, generally stable workplace.