Admit You’re the Supervisor
q How to Gain Respect as a Supervisor
being a supervisor
How do supervisors gain respect? Respect usually comes in two ways. Many
staff members will give you respect simply because of your title and the
authority that has been given to you. You will hold the respect of those people
until you consistently through your performance give them reason not to
respect you. For example, you may say that everyone has to be on time, yet
you do not have consequences for those who are late or, even worse, are
always late yourself. Consistent marginal performance on the part of you as
the supervisor will result in lack of respect from your employees.
The second way that you receive respect as a supervisor is by earning it.
For most teachers who are promoted through the ranks, and may still even
work in the same classroom where you were a teacher, you will mostly likely
have to earn the respect of the people you supervise. You were once working
alongside other educators, and now you have to tell them what to do. There
may be a feeling of “Why do we have to listen to her?” and that can be espe-
cially true if others whom you now supervise applied for the same job.
So how do you gain respect? Supervisors gain respect through consistent,
demonstrated competence. In other words, you do a good job. And doing a
good job means that you treat others with respect. Will you make mistakes as
a supervisor? Oh yes. We all make mistakes. In those cases you should apolo-
gize and move on. If you find yourself repeatedly making the same mistakes,
then you will need guidance from your own supervisor to succeed.