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The women of Connect: Professional Women’s Network offer advice on how to embrace your role as supervisor. To continue the conversation or join the LinkedIn group for free, visit http://www.linkedin.com/womenconnect.

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Leading with Confidence

  1. 1. BROUGHT TO YOU BY Leading with Confidence The women of Connect: Professional Women’s Network offer advice on how to embrace your role as supervisor.
  2. 2. With all the buzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book Lean In and Marissa Mayer heading up Yahoo!, there’s been a lot of talk about the need for more women in leadership roles in the workplace. While we can all agree that’s a great goal, the million-dollar question is how do we get there?
  3. 3. Aside from the givens (hard work and talent) one of the keys to climbing the ladder is being able to embrace the role of supervisor when the time comes. Here, the women of Connect— including some industry experts—offer insights on how to make your transition from team member to leader seamless and struggle-free.
  4. 4. “Gaining respect and trust in a supervisory position can make or break your relationship with employees. Once those are established, then motivating, disciplining, coaching and leading will fall more easily into place.” Annette Walker, Financial Advisor Associate
  5. 5. “Confidence is one of the most important steps to embracing being a supervisor. If you have no confidence in yourself, you will be too soft because you want everyone to like you, or so hard that everyone hates you. In either scenario you set yourself up for failure.” Cynthia Jones, HR Manager
  6. 6. THE EXPERT SAYS: “Looking at the role of supervisor as a teacher and facilitator is essential to having the right perspective.” Jeanne Hugg, Author of The Supervisor’s Companion
  7. 7. “I adopted an attitude of facilitator and that made the transition easier for me. My mantra is „My job is to give you the support and tools you need to be successful at your job.‟ In this way, I can be forceful and assertive and not cross into the negative stereotypes.” Lyndsay Noble, Director, Data Insights & Operations CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  8. 8. “If you are a flexible, fair person, open to other's opinions and a manger with an open-door policy, then there should be no problem being a supervisor. But, I think one cannot be a supervisor/manager and a personal friend at the same time.” Sheila Sweet, Healthcare Staffing and Recruiting CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  9. 9. THE EXPERT SAYS: “Research tells us that „soft skills‟ are as important as the „hard skills,‟ or technical skills, when it comes to building a team or having good communication about the constant changes in today's fast-paced workplace.” Lois Philips, PhD, Consultant, Speaker, Strategic Planner CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  10. 10. “There is nothing wrong with nurturing and supervising—as long as the balance is right. People who work for you want to know you care about them and their families.” Sandy Glover, CEO Gold Shield CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  11. 11. “Managing people means being open and honest with your employees, „paying it forward‟ and trying to expand their careers where possible, and being able to deal with office politics and various levels of management. You also have to be supportive and fight for your employees when warranted, or discipline or even fire when necessary.” Barbara Urban, Product Sales CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  12. 12. “My advice to other women, including my direct reports who are learning to manage, has been to learn what you don‟t know, model good behavior, and always apologize when you‟re wrong.” Carolyn Vivaldi, Development & Alumni Communications CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  13. 13. THE EXPERT SAYS: “Women often choose to stay in individual contributor roles because they think they‟re not ready, or they accept the role and find it‟s too much work because they take on everyone‟s. Once they were willing to ask for help and support, they learned to delegate and trust their own abilities, and managing was actually no more work and usually much more flexible.” Jody Detjen, Co-Author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  14. 14. “Being one of the girls is the quickest way to dilute your role as supervisor. People want to be lead, managed and supervised, but not by one of their friends. Slowly separate yourself from the pack and you will become a much more effective.” Carolina Brenna, Administrative Professional CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  15. 15. “The biggest challenge leaders face is building a team all reaching for the same goals with optimism and appreciation for everyone's talents. Effective leaders are approachable, willing to learn from everyone and value input of all team members. It's about building relationships.” Cheryl Sheppard, Regional Sales Leader CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  16. 16. “Supervision is a combination of compassion, drive, vision and the willingness to do any task you would assign to someone else should the need arise. It's a balancing act, but done well it can be not only a successful occupation but a rewarding one as well—in more than just the monetary sense.” Astrid Boyce, Lampworker, Metalsmith CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  17. 17. THE EXPERT SAYS: “Training, good role models, and access to mentors— all things that are often the first to be cut from an HR department—can/will ensure that a woman stays on track, able to ensure productivity and high morale.” Lois Philips, PhD, Consultant, Speaker, Strategic Planner CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  18. 18. “Just as with teaching, the best supervisors will always be mindful that they, too, are students. When knowledge is cultivated as tools to be shared rather than a means to power, then everyone working with a supervisor has a chance to raise the bar for the entire department.” Paula Kates, Digital Media Marketing Specialist CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  19. 19. “Don‟t get overly emotional. Emotion is great when you can keep it on an even keel. Passion for what you do and excitement to help your customers are the main feelings you should let come to work with you.” Carrie Robersone, Business Owner, Riles Naturals CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  20. 20. THE EXPERT SAYS: “Leadership skills can be learned, but the commitment to cultivating a resilient mindset in order to weather the challenges ahead is an inside job that has to be actively pursued on a day-to-day basis.” Jackie Capers-Brown, Author of Get Unstuck Now CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  21. 21. “I found after 25 years of supervising mostly men and a few women in the construction industry, the easiest answer was to always be honest, set expectations, trust then verify, follow through on promises and give respect to gain respect.” Deborah Kosierowski, Realtor CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  22. 22. “In the end, our comfort level as a supervisor/ leader/manager has to be developed and nurtured from within ourselves. There are many ways to do this, including working with a mentor, taking additional classes or trainings, participating in Toastmasters, reading books on the topic, etc.” Judy Cash, Workforce Development Professional CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK
  23. 23. Join the conversation! Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success. For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussions: Is it more difficult for women to embrace the role of supervisor?, Advice for Bosses and What is the best way to transition from peer to supervisor? Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect for more information and to join the group for free! ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN‟S NETWORK 23
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