Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Taskmaster or Teacher? the Type of Supervisor You Choose to Be Makes a Difference

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Taskmaster or Teacher? the Type of Supervisor You Choose to Be Makes a Difference

Article excerpt

SOME SUPERVISORS MAKE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION ON THEIR EMPLOYEES' LIVES, WHILE OTHERS MAKE LIFE MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEIR SUBORDINATES. IF YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE QUALIFIED, HARDWORKING, CAREER-ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS TAKE YOUR PLACE WHEN YOU RETIRE, IT'S WORTHWHILE TO BE A POSITIVE SUPERVISOR BY CHOOSING TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER.

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As a supervisor, one of your many responsibilities is to "raise" your assistants to take over your job someday. It's your duty to see they are trained properly and have the courage to persevere and excel. How you go about shaping their careers is just as important as your methodology.

First, decide if your assistants are worthy of your time and effort. Affirm their worthiness by looking for the following characteristics:

Commitment: There's no sense in trying if they're not interested or committed for the long haul.

Aptitude: If they are not capable of understanding the basic premise of property management, move on.

Ambition: They must want to be great, and serve their clients with excellence!

Determination: If they fall off the horse, you want them to get right back on. It's a learning opportunity.

Passion: Are they excited about real estate? Once you have deserving students, only you can foster their success. So, taskmaster or teacher ... which will you be?

One of my past colleagues was definitely a taskmaster. I felt ashamed at the way she held back a very talented "student. …

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