Signs of a Good Supervisor

Sometimes it is easy to tell who is cut out for a supervisor's position.
Sometimes it is easy to tell who is cut out for a supervisor's position. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

There are good bosses and bad bosses. It’s as simple as that. Many of you have worked for one or the other and possibly both. The role of a supervisor involves much more than just barking orders and getting the bigger paycheck. An effective leader must possess certain qualities.

Treats Others With Respect

A good supervisor treats his subordinates with respect. In short, he realizes that he should treat others the way he would like to be treated. This includes being encouraging, offering congratulations on a job well done and offering constructive criticism when necessary. The boss doesn’t have to be your friend, but he should be friendly.

Understands Balance

A good supervisor knows the importance of getting work done and done properly, but she also realizes that employees are human beings with lives outside of the job. Life and work balance is on the mind of a good supervisor. She does not expect employees to devote their lives to the job and will do what it takes to make sure they have ample time to be with their families or simply relax at home.

Clear Communication and Expectations

One of the most important traits of a good supervisor is the ability to communicate clearly and to lay out expectations everyone can understand. Clear communication will help make sure everyone working on a project is on the same page and knows what their jobs are. Being thrown into a job without being told what to do is simply fuel for failure for both the company and the employee. This can lead to unnecessary stress among the workforce.


Good supervisors have an open-door policy so that employees can talk anytime about any issue concerning the job. Good supervisors are approachable, have the ability to really hear concerns and then to address them appropriately.

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