Supervisors need specific skills and knowledge, such as assigning, communicating, chartering, resolving conflict, and working with complicated people. However, the first step towards become skilled supervisors includes managing themselves.
Budgeting time raises the rewards earned and results achieved everyday. Time management means a person can and does know how to deal with delays, register and control procrastination, and learn what to monitor and what to overlook.
A manager needs to deal with delays wisely: Is the break needed, or can it be “put off” until another time or regularly? Unless a supervisor can say, “Let me think about this and call you back,” or “I’m sorry, but I’m busy right now,” she and her company lose. Planning can help dodge interruptions, licensing can keep the breaks down, establishing an in-office protocol for when and how to handle emergencies will bypass any blackouts. Being prepared will limit many problems. When inevitable interruptions arise, as they will, a supervisor who can keep a check on her reactions and balanced mental state will find such interruptions to be easily fixable.
Procrastination is another obstacle that wastes precious time. Something that needs to be done or completed but isn’t, shows a lack of self-management on the part of an administrator. In my opinion, we procrastinate due to five reasons.
- We haven’t committed to doing the activity.
- We’re scared of the job.
- We don’t prioritise the job sufficiently.
- We don’t possess adequate skills to do the task.
- We don’t have a desire to do whatever the project is.
In all five cases, a supervisor must find a way to meet the demands of what needs to be done – which means self-discipline is required. In some situations, finding the right person to do the job can solve the problem.
An outstanding supervisor stays inspired and under-control, even under trying and challenging conditions. When others become irritated or upset, a manager remains calm. He/she keeps his/her eye and mind on the goal and the result of his job. Sometimes staying inspired means, a supervisor should stop resisting change and find a way to acquire it.
Being assertive without seeming dominating or oppressive means staying under control. One man stated that even when he didn’t feel convinced, he acted as if he was until he really was. Being assertive means feeling convinced and behaving confidently. Developing excellent communication and bartering skills also helps one be assertive, confident, and prosperous.
Once supervisors can and do conduct themselves, they can be effective and admired leaders.