Lesson 5: The Art and Science of Supervisor Skills

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Supervisor Skills


The objective of this lesson is to equip adult learners with a nuanced understanding of supervisor skills, emphasizing the balance between methodical approaches and creative problem-solving. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to apply both structured management techniques and innovative leadership strategies to effectively supervise and inspire their teams in a variety of workplace scenarios.

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Supervisor skills encompass a range of competencies that enable an individual to manage a team effectively. These include communication, delegation, conflict resolution, motivation, performance management, and team development. A successful supervisor must understand the science behind these skills—such as the theories and best practices of management—as well as the art, which involves the intuitive and creative aspects of leading a diverse group of individuals.

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Communication: Methodical aspects include understanding communication models and channels. An example of a communication model is the Sender-Message-Channel-Receiver (SMCR) model. To apply this model, supervisors can craft clear messages (Sender), articulate the core message (Message), choose the appropriate medium (Channel), and ensure the message is appropriately received and understood (Receiver).

Delegation: The science of delegation involves knowing how to assign tasks based on an individual’s strengths and workload. For example, when delegating a project, supervisors can use a delegation worksheet that outlines the task, ...

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