Do you ever worry that you do not have what it takes to be a good manager and that your supervisory skills fall short of your staff’s expectations? If you do worry about it, what are some of the things you can do to perform at a higher level? Fortunately, there are some very simple yet powerful supervisory skills you can employ immediately.
By focusing on becoming a better you, you can acquire and embody the fundamental supervisory skills that will give you a career edge and help reach your goals. You are responsible for your own success and ultimately the success of your team, so make the journey worthwhile.
Improving your supervisory skills involves a plan of learning and doing, reacting and progressing – a leadership journey that can inspire your team by example. By implementing these four positive steps into your supervisory skills toolkit, you can enjoy the benefits during and afterward.
- Create a positive learning environment. Frequently take the time to focus on your people rather than the tasks at hand and find out what makes them tick. Provide people the opportunity to receive the training they need and your employees will give you higher grades for your supervisory skills.Sometimes creating a positive learning environment can be as simple as keeping offices at a comfortable temperature, having a water cooler or coffee machine, or letting your staff decorate their own space. Explore different avenues and implement solutions based on the needs of your team.
- Allow people to make mistakes. This step is imperative to growing your supervisory skills, but it is often the biggest hurdle to allow yourself to make. Mistakes can be seen as outright failures, obstacles or opportunities. The decision is up to you with respect to how you react to them. If you use these situations wisely you can instill confidence in your employees. Give them a vehicle to improve and they will be less likely to make the same mistake twice – and they will appreciate you for how you handled it, turning them into the kinds of employees that will help push you up the organizational ladder.By giving employees support when they make mistakes you will build their trust in you. They will learn that you have their best interest at heart, which can improve employee morale and increase productivity. People will naturally work harder for someone who encourages them. When mistakes are made help your employees provide a solution. This can result in a bond that will not soon be broken.
- Evaluate what increases or decreases performance. At the end of every week evaluate when performance was great and when performance was poor. This can be of great benefit because you may begin to identify patterns of behavior – a great tool for your supervisory skills.You can then begin implementing strategies to improve the situation. Try to understand what motivates employee behavior by evaluating your leadership style and adjusting it accordingly for each employee. Being open and honest with you staff members fosters a team relationship rather than a boss-employee relationship. Be the leader, not the boss.The more time you spend with your employees the better you will understand them, and their behavioral patterns. This can provide you with the information needed in order to produce better results. Again, it’s a matter of growing your supervisory skills and enabling your team to produce.
- Manage differences between others. Recognize that people think and act differently. It is important to understand that people may have differing opinions. However, that does not necessarily mean that someone is wrong. There can be two totally different methods of achieving a desired outcome that are both equally effective.Training your team to understand the concept of different methods can enable them to begin managing the differences between themselves. This can make your job incrementally easier. It’s tough to master supervisory skills like this when you’re dealing with people, but it makes all the difference in how they respond in kind.
These are some supervisory skills that can improve the success of your team. Be aware of the rewards that you can gain from a strong group using your improved supervisory skills, leadership and direction. Creating a stronger team can help make the journey worthwhile.
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