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Don’t be a Supervisor – be a Human Being

Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do you know my needs? Are you interested in learning how to motivate me or are you going to continue to supervise me from your one-size-fits-all approach? Your one-size-fits-all approach keeps me in a box, oppresses me, negatively impacts me and demotivates me. I want to give my best to this role. I want to grow as a person and a professional but it’s a constant fight and struggle.

I often contemplate should I stay in this profession because I don’t feel like my opinion, perspective, expertise and voice matters.

Time and time again I hear these sentiments and so many more from my clients, and colleagues. So, whenever I get the opportunity to present to leaders, I share

An important lesson I have learned about leadership: leaders must do their self-work around power and privilege, gender, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and leadership. Self-work goes well beyond reading books and articles.

Doing your self-work pushes you to challenge yourself and deconstruct and re-exam your beliefs. This is necessary if you want to be able to call yourself an effective supervisor and leader who has the ability to meet the needs of team members.

I won’t lie to you. This isn’t supervision training – it’s human being training, but it will help you to stretch and grow and become a better listener, so you are able to hear individual needs and gain insight into how you can use your power effectively and how it impacts others.

Human being training isn’t a one and done kind of training. This is an ongoing journey of awareness and growth. It is critical that, as a leader, you recognize you have a tremendous say in how your organization views current reality as well as any potential for the future.

When I think back on all the leaders I have worked with in the past, I realize the ones who were the most effective, and the ones I admired greatly, were the quiet leaders – the ones who didn’t have to huff and puff to get their ideas across, but rather the ones who genuinely cared about their team and did whatever it took to support them and raise them up to be leaders themselves.

I was going to end this week’s blog by saying make this a new resolution but why do always wait? Make the changes now! Commit to improving how you serve and support and uplift others today!

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