Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
LEADERSHIP / MAR. 05, 2015
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How to Know If You'll Make a Good Supervisor


Supervisors don’t just earn more money; they also have a lot more responsibility! Being a supervisor means you have employees working for you, and you are the one accountable for both their successes and failures. It’s a big responsibility, and not one everyone is prepared to handle.

See Also: How to Go From Coworker to Supervisor

It’s a tough decision, but here are some questions to ask yourself:

Do you care about helping others to succeed?

A good supervisor doesn’t just ensure that the job gets done, but they also help their employees to accomplish their tasks in a way that will encourage success. If your primary concern is for yourself (not a bad thing), you may not want to become a supervisor.

Are you a teacher or a coach?

Not everyone has the patience to help or teach others. If you are the kind of person who is better at your job than with people, it may not be the best idea to become a supervisor. Only those who are willing to put in the work to teach and coach others will do a good job in supervisory positions.

Do you hate conflict, or enjoy it too much?

Being in a managerial position will put you in positions where you will need to confront your employees. If you can’t handle conflict, it may not be ideal for you to assume the responsibility. If you’re too contentious and enjoy conflict too much, you’re definitely not right for the position at this time in your life!

Can you put up with a lot of meetings?

One of the main drawbacks of being a supervisor is having to sit through meetings on a daily or weekly basis. You’ll find that a lot of your time as a manager/supervisor is spent on meetings, with very little time doing your actual job. If you can’t see yourself doing that, perhaps the position isn’t for you.

Can you give honest feedback without being hurtful?

Honesty is important, but you need to be careful with your employees’ feelings as well. Part of being a good supervisor is giving employees feedback without offending them.

Can you accept feedback from those beneath you?

Your employees’ feedback will help you to be a better manager/supervisor, but it can be hard to accept the word of those you consider "under your supervision". Part of being a good supervisor is being able to accept that feedback without letting it negatively color your relationships or making you angry.

Do you really know what your strengths and weaknesses are?

Everyone has them, and they will come to light even more visibly once you accept the position of a manager. If you can’t face up to your shortcomings, you may not be right for the job.

Do you seek to solve a problem or deal with a problem person?

A good manager seeks to fix the problem without laying blame. A bad manager blames the person and sees them as the problem. The way you handle problems will have a huge effect on your success as a supervisor.

See Also: How to Become a Manufacturing Supervisor

Take the time to think about these questions and see if you can come up with satisfactory answers. It may suck, but it may be time to admit you’re not ready for a position of supervisor just yet.

What makes a good supervisor/manager in your opinion? Leave us a comment below and let us know…

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