Token 187: What it means to supervise

If you supervise a team, it’s important to clearly define the primary functions of your job.

Work is all the stuff you do to contribute to the team’s goals. The larger the team you supervise, the less of the work you should be doing yourself.

Management is how you help your team get its work done. It’s the act of holding meetings, assigning tasks and evaluating performance.

Coaching is how you help individuals on your team develop and grow. It is a special skill that requires both generosity and curiosity in abundance.

Leadership is how you help your team develop and grow. It requires articulating a clear vision and allowing individuals to try new things and to fail, and supporting them when they do. It requires prioritizing your team members and their growth over your own ego. It requires trust and empathy and creativity and commitment and consistency.

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