It is the crux of supervision:
supervisors achieve results through those they supervise
and employees need a good supervisor to be great.

And yet, we invest so little time in helping those new to supervision develop the skills necessary to become a great leader of their team. Most organizations assume that if you can do the work, you can also lead those who are doing the work.

Don’t confuse the two. Supervision requires a skill set on to itself. If you have responsibility for a staff, (and especially if you have leadership of staff who has their own staff), continually develop your knowledge in this area to make it a good experience for all of you.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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