Leadership is not easy, nor is supervision. But neither is as hard as some make it out to be. If you are a supervisor, take a few minutes to read through the questions below. Think about them and answer honestly.
- Do you counsel employees over email?
- Do you have to "win" employee discussions?
- When asked why, do you respond, "because I can?"
- Do you view employee questions as challenges to you ego?
- Do you expect your support people to "read your mind" in regards to work expectations?
- Do you look past behaviors because addressing them is a bit "uncomfortable" for you?
- Do you hold back information because members of your staff just "don’t need to know?"
- Are your performance reviews consistently late?
- Do you engage in shouting matches with you staff?
- Do you take this stuff personally?!
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, stop that right now. Supervisors, this is not about you. It is about helping others to succeed, to make the goal, to achieve the mission. It's about addressing problems head-on and making the tough decisions. It's about not making it personal. Does this make sense to you? Do you see the possibility? Do you see that there may be another way? If you do, then BRAVO to you.
If you don't, reach into your wallet, your purse, or your top desk draw and pull out your supervisor card. Hold it out. I'm coming by to collect it. Now.