Supervisory Skills: Make the Journey Worthwhile

Supervisory Skills: Make the Journey Worthwhile

Do you ever worry that you do not have what it takes to be a good manager; 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 gain the skill and confidence to perform at a higher level? let’s discuss some very simple yet powerful supervisory skills you can employ immediately.

Fundamentally, if you focus on becoming a better you, then you can acquire and embody the skills that will give you a career edge and help you to reach your goals by leading your team to achieve theirs. You are responsible for your own success and ultimately the success of your team, so make the journey worthwhile.

Improving your leadership skills involves a plan of learning and doing, reacting and progressing – a journey that can inspire your team by example. Implement these positive steps into your skill set and enjoy the benefits! 

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 both High Task (technical, strategic, tactical) as well as High Touch ( attitude, behavioral, cultural) learning, and your employees will give you higher grades for your efforts.
  • 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 developing your supervisory skills and is often the biggest hurdle to jump. One can choose to see mistakes as failure, obstacles, or opportunities. The manner in which you view mistakes is entirely up to you. If you use these situations wisely, you can instill confidence in your employees.
  • Guide them to learn from mistakes. Offer them a vehicle to improvement and they become less likely to make the same mistake twice. In turn, they will appreciate you for how you handled the situation – turning them into the kind of people that will help you move up the organizational ladder.
  • By offering employees support and guidance when they make mistakes, you will garner goodwill and trust. They will see that you have their best interest at heart, which will improve employee morale and increase productivity. People will naturally work harder for someone who encourages and supports them. When mistakes are made, help your employees provide a solution. Their gratitude will be reflected in the increased quality of their work.

Evaluate variables that both increase and decrease performance

  • At the end of every week, evaluate when performance was good and when it was lacking. This can prove to be beneficial, as you will begin to identify patterns of behavior – both positive and negative and will prove to be a useful tool in your skills toolbox.
  • Once performance problems and successes are identified, you can begin introducing strategies to bring poor performance up to par, and allow good performance to grow even more. Try to understand what motivates employee behavior by evaluating your leadership style and adjusting it accordingly for the engagement style of each employee. Being open and honest with your staff members fosters a team relationship rather than a boss-employee relationship. Be a leader, not a boss.
  • The more time you spend with your employees, the better off you will understand them and their behavior 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 function in a trust-based culture to produce to the maximum of their capacity and be recognized for their accomplishments.

Manage differences between others

  • Recognize that people think and act differently. It is important to understand that people will have differing opinions. However that does not necessarily mean that something 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 of approach allows them to begin managing the differences between each other. This will definitely make your job easier. It takes knowledge of individualistic communication styles to know how to manage differences, especially in a situation of interpersonal conflict. Your coaching here will make all the difference in how people respond in kind.

These are some supervisory skills that can improve the chances of your teams’ success. Be aware of the potential rewards that you stand to gain from working with and supporting a positive atmosphere of good morale and teamwork.

By exercising your learned supervisory skills, you are providing your people with leadership and direction. Fostering a more effective team will help make the journey worthwhile. For additional information on management / supervisory skills, feel free to look at our website vantagepath.com.

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