How to Supervise People

Effective supervisors aren’t just born. Life experiences and persistence are major contributors in the developmental process of any supervisor. If it is your goal to improve your skills then you need to begin by developing the areas of your personality that are holding you back. For example, if you don’t feel like you are a people person, consider attending some classes or reading books on empathy. Anyone can become an effective supervisor if they set their mind to it. The key is knowing where to start and taking action.

Supervisor Values and Principles

Whether you refer to yourself as a manager, supervisor, lead person or foreman you are a leader or at least have the capability to be a leader. People aren’t born leaders they learn the skills required and develop values and principles that guide them throughout life. Values such as;

du-ty (noun) – Done from a sense of moral obligation rather than for pleasure.

  • Be Proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader.
  • Make sound and timely decisions.
  • Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
  • Develop your workers for the future.

re-spect (noun) – A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

  • Know your workers and look out for their well-being.
  • Keep your workers informed.
  • Build the team.
  • Employ your workers in accordance with their abilities.

in-teg-ri-ty (noun) – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

  • Know yourself and seek improvement.
  • Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for you actions.
  • Set the example.

Common Traits of an Effective Supervisor

Over the years psychology has contributed to the field of business by helping determine what it takes to be an effective supervisor. The list of characteristics can be used for developmental purposes to help supervisors gain insight and develop their skills. Read more… 10 Traits of an Effective Supervisor