When you said yes to become a supervisor, you said yes to being responsible for the work of others. As a result, your life will never be the same. From now on, your challenge will be the achievement of personal and corporate goals through others. As you assumed your new assignment, did you ask yourself, "Will I be successful as a manager and supervisor of others?"
The good news is that you already possess several key ingredients that will contribute to your success. Among them:
- Your superiors have faith in your abilities to be a supervisor since they have given you the opportunity to lead a team of people.
- You probably have a good deal of knowledge and experience in your own industry, which will give you insight into future problems and solutions.
- You already possess a positive attitude toward your work, your company and your fellow employees since you have achieved success in previous assignments.
Being a manager of others, however, requires skills beyond those of a satisfactory individual performer. Unfortunately, the sink or swim method of mastering these skills won't cut it in this day of rapid change and restructure within most organizations. It is an incorrect assumption to expect that just because you have been successful in previous assignments that you will intuitively know how to manage and supervise. You won't.