To have position, to have power and to waste it is a waste.
I routinely work with Supervisors and Managers across the spectrum of experience and with varying degrees of effectiveness. Each has a perception of what their jobs involve. And, we all know that your perception is your view of reality.
Some thoughts to consider:
Good coaches help people beneath them to learn how to learn; not just teaching what to do. (It’s that giving a fish is to give a (1) meal, the greater gift might be to help people learn how to fish.)
Jack Welch, GE, once said, “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate learning into action, rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” What that says to me is: “Don’t let the talent within your organization leave because you have not tapped-in to their potential.”
“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before, we will never live it again: it is the only day we have.”, William Ward, inspirational writer.
Never underestimate the power of your spoken word of encouragement and support. It is a true sign of a Supervisor or Manager who values the people who report to him/her. According to Euripides, the Greek philosopher, “A tree is judged by its fruit; not from the leaves.”
And, Andy Rooney, TV Commentator, “I’ve learned that just one person who says to me “You’ve made my day, makes my day.”
So, take advantage of each special day and help people learn how to learn.