Powerful Leadership For Supervisors
By Tim Rutledge, Ph.D.
When people start to undergo the transition from front line worker to supervisor, they often come up against unexpected, hidden pitfalls. These pitfalls, or derailers, lie just below the surface of the new supervisors' immediate experience. Since they are unexpected, and no one has issued warnings about them, it's easy for the unwary supervisor to be tripped up by them.
This book introduces new supervisors (for that matter, any supervisors) to these dangers and leads them towards strategies for avoiding them and robbing them of their power to cause trouble. They will learn how to:
- Give away their old job
- Apply position power skillfully
- Exercise their judgment
- Get the training that they need
- Handle feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Represent the interests of the organization to their employees and vice versa
- Recognize and deal with how employees react to the new supervisor's change of position.
Handling the supervisory transition successfully creates trust and respect in employees that reduce workplace problems in size and number. Supervisors who read this book and perform the exercises at the end of each chapter will be able to take charge of their jobs and their careers.