A supervisor should be a team captain not a boss. A supervisory job is a responsibility and not a privilege. You are effectively being placed in a position where you are responsible for the whole team’s performance so, if the team fails, you fail.
Being a supervisor is extremely rewarding when the role is fulfilled correctly. Always look for ways to improve productivity and provide your team with the tools and knowledge to succeed and do what you can to promote a healthy environment to grow together.
Respect is earned, not taken. Without respect your team will be destined to fail as they won’t respect your leadership or direction.
Do not be afraid to take criticism
You are not perfect, and no idea is without fault. Accepting criticism and learning from others’ opinions is one of the best ways to grow as a supervisor. You need to respect your team and allow them the space to raise issues if they have a genuine concern or feedback on your decisions.
This does not mean that you should always back down on your decisions but at least be open to the idea and don’t write people’s opinions off from the start.
Becoming a supervisor is hard work. If you are not willing to put in the effort to get the job, then you will not succeed if you actually get it. If you put in the effort it will get noticed and if it doesn’t then maybe it is not the right position for you.
Many people feel that they deserve a promotion and have worked hard to earn one. If you have put in the effort and feel like it is not getting noticed it may be time to let your employer know or look for another position that you will find more fulfilling.