Spot a Supervisor
Before initiating an outside search for a supervisor for the organization, take a closer look at members within the organization whom are already aware of the organization’s standards, reputation, and mission. Lasting successful results can occur from “homegrown” supervisors as they are already dedicated to the organization, and surely want an overall success for the organization. Many employees look forward to personal growth within their organization, and may already have demonstrated the qualities needed in order to be a new leader. What are some of those qualities?
- Attitude: An article at Buzzle.com informs; “It is important that the supervisor is optimistic, especially in light of an arduous task. If the supervisor reflects an optimistic attitude, his workers will be easily influenced.”
- Be able to show initiative: Supervisors must know instinctively when it is time press forward on a project, or to spend more time on certain aspects of a project. They must also show initiative in going beyond what’s required and motivating their team. (according to Supervisor Training and the Three I's by Stephanie Tuia)
- Innovative: Supervisors have to be willing and able to find creative solutions to problems that naturally arise in a group setting. Such creativity allows others to see for themselves why such members are chosen to be leaders.
It is highly important to train the new supervisor on the legal and deliverable responsibilities they are now accountable for. It is also equally important that leadership training occurs as well. There are various forms of leadership training including annual seminars or meetings discussing new methods in effectively leading. Perhaps assigning a “supervisor coach” (a co-worker with previous experience in the new supervisor’s position) to help assist the new supervisor as they make progressive steps in their new position could also aid the new leader. Two other areas of training include:
- Delegation: according to Buzzle.com; “A supervisor who utilizes delegation will provide positive outcomes for his workers. As workers, their roles are enhanced with responsibilities and they know that their contributions are needed and valued.” Proper delegation demonstrates to the other workers, that each task they are assigned affects the team as a whole and must be taken seriously. Supervisors, who do not delegate, may end up taking on more than what they are supposed to undertake in regards to completing projects, or worst yet, demonstrate to their team a lack of organizational skills.
- Goal Setting: Besides the usual training on how to handle the new workload, spend time on establishing what the new supervisor’s goals should be for their first year as a supervisor. When a supervisor knows how to effectively set attainable goals for themselves, they can also set attainable and progressive goals for their employees. This will aid employees in being able to visualize progress as well.