There’s an unsung hero behind every successful business.
Everyone seems to look to the leader, the visionary, to be the one who shakes things up and moves mountains around. Everyone expects the face of the business to say eloquent, quotable things and to be the Steve Jobs of the industry. To come up with amazing new concepts for the world to embrace, admire and applaud.
But someone has to be in charge of making those amazing things happen.
Someone who perhaps doesn’t have a corner office with a view of the city skyline. We’re talking about someone at ground level. Someone who’s down in the trenches with rolled up sleeves and a well-worn shovel in the dirt.
We’re talking about the supervisor.
When you hear about leadership development, the focus tends to be from the top down. It’s all about the CEOs and the VPs. The Generals and XOs. The Directors and the Branch Chiefs. Organizations pay big money to send their top line managers to high end training where they discuss the latest in management theory and compete their expertise with others and hopefully return from their experience imminently wiser and more awesome.
But supervisors are the first line of management, the hands-on professionals who translate brilliant ideas from the top and bring them to fruition in the reality space.
Supervisors deal directly with the managers above them and see that the tasks assigned get done.
Supervisors deal directly with the employees below them and see that the tasks assigned get done.
Supervisors are the trusted and capable liaisons who are both managers and employees, a challenging dual role that, when done well, is certainly worthy of recognition.
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