Being a supervisor can be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, you are often in a privileged position with your company that allows you to offer input regarding the firm’s goals and direction. Your pay and benefits package is also likely among the most generous and comprehensive in the company.
On the downside, being a supervisor also means having to make some tough decisions. This can be unpleasant and stressful, and leave you having to walk a fine line between pleasing the management and representing the interests of those working for you.
Here are some tips that can help you in your quest to become a great supervisor:
Set a Good Example
There is nothing worse than being saddled with a leader who says one thing and then does another. Or expects you to adhere to a standard that they have no intention of following themselves.
Being a supervisor can sometimes mean being stuck in the middle of office politics. However, in the end, the best way to gain respect from your underlings is to put in an honest effort, be reasonable in your demands, be willing to listen, and be professional and courteous. If you can maintain those on a regular basis, your employees should respond in kind.
Rules are put in place to maintain order and deliver the best results. However, things change and sometimes it can be to the benefit of the company and everyone there for a supervisor to be open to revisions.
Also, the best supervisors become very good judges of people. Some employees may respond to a hard-line approach, while for others, this will be quite alienating. Don’t play favorites, but still be willing to adjust your management style where needed.
Accept Blame for Mistakes
Sometimes the supervisor must make a judgement call regarding an issue. It is impossible for anyone to be correct all of the time, so there will be instances when that assessment proved to be incorrect. Own up to any mistakes you make; trying to fob the blame off on others will backfire in the end and you will lose your workers’ respect.