10 Traits of an Effective Supervisor



Supervisors have strengths and weaknesses and one of the keys to success is knowing what they are and doing something about it. Below are 10 traits of an effective supervisor, read through them and determine your areas of improvement then get to work.
Traits are determined by the Leadership Potential equation developed by Raymond Cattell in 1954.

  1. Emotional Stability – Effective supervisors need to be able to handle stress. They must be well-adjusted and have emotional maturity to manage everything they are faced with.
  2. Dominance – Supervisors need to be assertive in their thinking style as well as their attitude in dealing with others.
  3. Enthusiasm – Effective supervisors are often seen as being very optimistic, open to change, energetic, expressive and active.
  4. Conscientiousness – Having a high standard of excellence, sense of duty, and the desire to do your best.
  5. Social Boldness – Social skills are helpful in any arena as well as having a thick skin and not being afraid of taking risks.
  6. Self-Assurance – Self-confidence is a common trait for effective supervisors. They also tend to have little or no need for other’s approval. Prior mistakes are tools for learning and improving not an excuse to fail.
  7. Compulsiveness – Good supervisors are controlled and very precise in their social interactions. They protect their integrity and reputation by being socially aware and careful when making decisions.
  8. Intuitiveness – Being an effective leader requires more than logic and reason. It also requires intuition and trusting your gut when it comes to making decisions.
  9. Empathy – Being able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes is a key trait of effective supervisors. With empathy you can build trust and be able to get the best effort from your employees.
  10. Charisma – Supervisors with charisma are able to arouse emotion in their employees and motivate them to reach toward future goals.

Source: SBA.gov