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If I Were a Supervisor, I Would...

If you are on track to move up to a position of higher authority, it’s never too early to think about what qualities and behaviors you would adopt as a supervisor. The following list should provide lots of ideas for professional development.

As a Supervisor, I Would …
  • Have a goal to become the best supervisor in my company.
  • Read and study 30 minutes each day to improve myself and my supervisory skills.
  • Become an expert at personal leadership.
  • Select someone to succeed me and actively develop her for my position.
  • Be an enthusiastic and passionate personal and corporate leader.
  • Become an expert at interviewing and hiring people.
  • Learn about personality to value differences and build better relationships.
  • Learn how to coach people to become more effective and productive.
  • Provide five times more positive recognition than negative feedback.
  • Take regular actions to encourage and develop teamwork and feelings of importance and belonging.
  • Model accountability in all my behaviors and actions.
  • Risk more and ask for forgiveness more often.
  • Tune up my work skills each year to maintain high effectiveness and productivity.
  • Ask for feedback about my own performance and take actions to improve it.
  • Seek win-win solutions to every problem or issue I face.
  • Set business goals with employees that result in pride of achievement.
  • Give people opportunities to learn and grow through delegation.
  • Talk about the company’s and my department’s vision regularly.
  • Set and communicate clear work-related expectations frequently.
  • Teach people how to become master problem solvers.
  • Model a balanced approach to work and life.
  • See every person as possessing unlimited potential and greatness.
  • Take time to personally know all about the people who work for me.
  • Know all the goals of my employees and help them achieve them.
  • Send a personalized card or note on special occasions like birthdays.
  • Show appreciation (sometimes written) to every employee every day.
  • Catch people doing the right things and praise them.
  • Regularly find ways of making work fun.
  • Use the company values to guide my work behaviors and attitudes (and my employees).
  • Meet with each employee weekly with a helping attitude to review their accomplishments and review their prioritized work plan for the next week.
  • Hold a 15-minute book study each week to encourage employee development.
  • Visit an employee’s hospitalized spouse or child and send get well cards for other health challenges.
  • Meet quarterly to dialogue about the progress made toward development goals.
  • Encourage people to take weekly and monthly actions to achieve those goals.
  • Never forget that my success is a result of the success of the people who work for me.

You should get at least a few good development ideas from this list. The next step—make it happen!