Supervisory Skills

Written by Michael Federico
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Supervisory skills are one of those intangibles that companies are always looking for in potential managers. Even if one possesses the ability to lead, it is not guaranteed that one will be able to translate these skills to the office. Often, it takes an outside party to harness a manager's supervisory skills. An outside party is able to see weaknesses that people often cannot see within themselves.

The most successful consulting groups will help a business employ a form of 360 degree feedback in order to determine an employee's supervisory skills. The individual in question (along with his peers, superiors, and those under him) answers a series of questions that will help determine the person's behavioral characteristics as they relate to his working style, and how those characteristics lead him to function in the workplace. These profiles also give those who can interpret the data a look at that person's strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if the results state that someone fears criticism, rejection in relationships, and loss of security, it might be suggested that he or she will thrive in a team environment where sincere appreciation is shown, and each member has a defined role. This probably means that the person lacks many of the supervisory skills needed by most managers.

Using Management Coaching to Improve Supervisory Skills

Management coaches can tailor programs to fit the needs of a specific company or manager. They can find out what supervisory skills managers possess--often managers of one department are more suited to be managers of a different department. It's not unheard of for managerial transfers of a lateral nature to drastically improve morale, production, or both. Management coaches can also determine what coworkers are looking for in their leaders, and what type of leadership a person will respond to best.

Through a series of training sessions, a management coach can help a person create a clear-cut approach to the various jobs a supervisor must perform. Strengthening the ability to communicate is a major goal of such a training session. Coaches can also spot management potential in someone who has gone unnoticed until now.

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