Many of my previous leadership posts came from two areas. First is study, because I cannot wing it. Curiosity will not let me. Second is from my limited experience mentoring others and leading a ministry. What does all that look like when it is put in practice as the newest supervisor at work?
Here is a list of what I do and have learned so far.
- Pray to be salt and light, to be equipped for whatever comes up, and to have love, patience, understanding and mercy.
- Communication is key in all interactions.
- Leading by loyalty is best, mutual benefit is good; exercising authority is the last option.
- Apply the Golden Rule to work as well as life. “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” Luke 6: 31. I want people to make my job easier, so I make their job easier; it gains respect and maybe even loyalty.
- Encouragement over criticism, applaud what you want to see more of.
- Admit your mistakes and thank whoever brought it to your attention.
- Being nice goes a long way in how others react to you.
- Enforce boundaries when needed after making sure they are understood and fair.
- Do not dismiss claims of wrongdoing; check for yourself even if it is an accusation against your team. Truth beats tribalism.
- Do not take anything personal. Not being offended is a superpower.
- Stay above the politics no matter how hard it is to not gossip or take sides.
I hope you can use these tips to help be a better leader and person. What have you learned as a supervisor or in a leadership position?