If I Were a Supervisor, I Would...
Jan 24, 2019
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!