A few weeks ago, I attended a required meeting for all supervisors. I’ve never been a supervisor before, and had no idea what to expect. Mostly, the meeting was an update on various policies and other matters that supervisors should know about. (They hold these meetings quarterly.) But it also included a list of new books in the college library on leadership.
I only have one person to supervise, and she’s been doing my job since my predecessor left in June, so right now she’s telling me what I need to do more than the other way around. But I figured it would be helpful to read at least one of the books on the list, to get some idea what kinds of things I needed to know or do.
The one I picked out was The Hard Truth about Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner. I’ve had a number of supervisors who had been promoted because of their technical skills, but who were lacking in people skills. I had never looked for a supervisory position myself because I didn’t want to be a difficult-to-work-for supervisor. But my first day on this job, I learned I was a supervisor. So now I want to learn how to do it right.