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High performance supervision leads to high performance teams. Learn five essential traits to put into practice.

Tips for supervisors

We’re passionate about helping supervisors be the best leaders possible. That’s why we’ve created our High Performance Supervision training, where supervisors gather together to learn the best skills and strategies for leading teams.

Read on for five important tips for new supervisors – and then get registered for High Performance Supervision to gain the supervisory skills today’s leaders need.

1. Know your role

Change can be scary, especially if you are a new supervisor. Your role has changed, and you’ll face new challenges. How will you motivate your team? How can you communicate effectively?

Be sure to make time early on to sit down with your own supervisor. Learn exactly what is expected of you. Determine the skills and strategies you can use in your new role, and where you can go for support.

2. Actively engage with employees

Good leaders are good communicators and good listeners. Meet one-on-one with team members and actively listen.

This is a good time to provide and receive feedback. Revisit the expectations you have for each team member, but also allow them to provide feedback directly to you. Learning what your team members expect from a supervisor will help you build trust and set yourself up for success.

3. Encourage and acknowledge

Successful supervisors do more than look at the reports – they let team members know their value.

Dedicate time to identify the unique strengths of each employee. Find regular opportunities to highlight team members and celebrate their wins.

4. Delegate tasks

Time management can be a difficult task for everyone, including new supervisors. There is a lot to do, and your to-do list may feel like it never ends.

Learn to delegate tasks to your team. This will help employees build their skills sets while allowing you to focus on high-priority tasks. Successful managers learn to multiply talents and provide support along the way.

5. Be a leader (and a learner)

The work place can be complex and demanding. Supervisors have a high level of responsibility. You will likely be placed in difficult situations during your time as a leader.

You were promoted because someone believed in you, so believe in yourself. If you make a mistake, own up to it and learn from it. Commit to learning from your mistakes, seeking out support, and being upfront with your team.

Learn more

You can improve your own supervisory skills with MDI’s High Performance Supervision course. We work with experts to design trainings specifically for supervisors, managers, and team leaders.

The training provides the knowledge, skills, and strategies that leaders need to effectively and efficiently supervise others.

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