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5 New Supervisor Myths


Myth 1 – I’ll use the same skills as a supervisor as I did as an individual contributor.

  • False – Work to develop your people skills in particular. Concentrate on developing excellent communication skills, negotiating, coaching, and motivating skills.

Myth 2 – I’ll use my power to get results.

  • False – Credibility is how you will get results. Build your credibility by listening more than you talk; consistently demonstrating your character by doing the right thing; using influence to get others to do the right thing

Myth 3 – I’ll have much more freedom.

  • False – You’ll have less freedom. Manage successfully despite the lack of freedom by sharing your power and exchanging valued resources.

Myth 4 – I can learn the job through training.

  • False – On the job experience is how you’ll learn how to lead. Do this by gathering feedback about your performance, reflecting on your experiences, and identifying probably challenges.

Myth 5 – Focus on individual relationships.

  • False – Focus on a strong team relationship by using group forums to solve problems and provide motivation and support.

Cite: Skillsoft



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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