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THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE SUPERVISOR ARE:

An effective supervisor plays a vital role in leading the team and improving productivity.

As a matter of fact, the main objective of a good supervisor is to gain collaboration of the team to reach their goal without any mistakes.

To do that, the supervisor needs to have certain important qualities. Specifically, these include good listening, communicating skills, and teamwork.

What are the necessary qualities of an effective supervisor?

I asked this question to the participants in my supervisory training sessions. Also, I asked them to write down what they think the good qualities are.

They all have similar expectations as to how their supervisors should be.

Sometimes, they think an effective supervisor is the one who looks professional and dresses sharp.

 Does dressing sharp help in becoming an effective supervisor?

Dressing formally and putting on a smile is sometimes helpful. However, that is not a successful trait of a good supervisor.

Dressing nice can boost your confidence, but it won’t help you build a healthy relationship with your employees.

So, important characteristics of a respected supervisor that will help gain their team trust and collaboration are:

 

Communicate, listen and motivate.

A supervisor must know how to communicate effectively to deliver his message promptly.

Also, they should be able to listen actively and empathize.

On the contrary, lack of effective communication will lead to many conflicts and production mistakes.

 

Be a team player and a great leader

The effective supervisor should work well with other people on their team and support them.

For this reason, knowing how to delegate the work to the right person can help the work flow smoothly.

What’s more, being a motivational leader also helps with improving productivity.

 

Be result-oriented

The team needs help in staying focused on a project. Hence, the supervisor should be highly result-oriented to achieve the goals expected.

To do that, they need to establish clear and specific goals with the team and find ways to overcome challenges. This will make sure the goal is met.

Besides, the other important qualities of an effective supervisor are:

The effective supervisor:

  • Knows how to communicate
  • Is very creative
  • Actively listens and observes
  • Guides & motivates the team well
  • Has good teamwork skills
  • Is result-oriented
  • Keeps focused on the goals
  • Knows how to improvise and has initiative
  • Is well-organized and versatile
  • Respects everybody
  • Is a good mediator
  • Is very honest
  • Take others’ needs into consideration
  • Makes decisions well
  • Is a good negotiator
  • Knows legal aspects
  • Is technical literate
  • Resolves conflicts
  • Controls her/his stress, aggression, and frustration
  • Is a good coach
  • Seeks help and support
  • Recognizes his/her mistakes

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in particular, our training programs to help develop a team of effective supervisors are designed based on the following model

An effective and well design training program will help participants learn how to communicate more effectively. Moreover, it shows how to utilize management skills based on respect, sensitivity, and motivation rather than intimidation and misuse of authority.

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