Key Supervisory Skills

Being a good supervisor means being someone who is respected and even looked up to professionally. If you're in a supervisory position, working on several key skills can help you become the type of supervisor others want to have.


As a supervisor, you are in a leadership position, so you must act like a leader. Set an example of how you want your employees to behave by behaving that way yourself. Remain positive, provide clear and easy-to-follow directions and adopt a problem-solving attitude rather than letting yourself become negative when problems arise.


Try as you might, you simply can't do it all. You might have risen through the ranks and feel that you know how to do the job better than the people you supervise. However, as a supervisor, you need to be able to keep your eye on the big picture, delegating less important tasks to your employees. Trust your employees to do a job well by letting them try.


Employees need to know what to expect from you. Set policies and procedures for what actions you will take as a supervisor in certain situations, and stick to them. When employees do well, they should expect to be praised and rewarded, and when they do something wrong, they should expect to be corrected, but in a positive, coaching style.


A good supervisor doesn't just watch over employees while they do their jobs. A good supervisor motivates employees to do a superior job. Be a motivating force for your employees by showing them that good work is rewarded. Create a working environment in which everyone feels like they are a part of the team. When there is a team mentality, employees are more likely to do their best so as not to let their team members down.

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About the Author

Cynthia Gomez has been writing and editing professionally for more than a decade. She is currently an editor at a major publishing company, where she works on various trade journals. Gomez also spent many years working as a newspaper reporter. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

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