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New Supervisor Job? How to Build Trust and Credibility with Your New Team

February 19th, 2016

You want to inspire your staff to do great things. And you can do this through good leadership skills. The key to leading others is to win their trust—once your employees trust you, they’ll be on your side, have faith in your judgement and guidance, and best of all, they’ll follow your instruction. So how can you show your staff you’re the trustworthy leader they’ve been waiting for? It’s easy when you remember five key management tips.

Five ways to win employees’ trust

You can’t fake it to the top—to be a supervisor respected by your staff, you’ll need to be the real deal. You can win the hearts of your employees through the following:

  1. Be honest. Of course as a member of management there’s information you can share and that which must be kept quiet. But you should always be up front with your staff as much as you can when giving reviews, letting them in on the big picture, or when they ask a question. If there’s information you’re not at liberty to share, then say, “I can’t share that information at this time.”
  2. Do what you say you’ll do. The most trustworthy people never promise something they can’t deliver. So when you tell an employee you’ll do something, be sure to get it done. And if you can’t accomplish it within a reasonable time frame, provide an update and an explanation.
  3. Walk the walk. Employees are more comfortable following leaders who follow the same rules as everyone else in the company. So when you institute a new policy, be sure to follow it. If your company offers a wellness program, make sure you participate. When your staff sees you falling in line with company policies, they will be more likely to do the same.
  4. Admit when you’re wrong. Everyone makes mistakes: even supervisors. But the noble thing to do is admit when you’re wrong and then take steps to rectify the situation. It’s much easier to trust someone who doesn’t try to appear anything more than human.
  5. Listen more. Yes, you’ll need to issue directives. But getting feedback from your employees can actually make your job much easier. For example, what better way to know how things are working out than from the people on the front lines? When you lend an ear, it lets your staff know you care, and this can go a long way toward establishing trust.

Leadership is a learned skill

Like anything else, good leaders are born with the right instincts and work hard to develop their skills over time. It takes practice, but the more you try, the better you will become.

Looking for new staff?

As you lead others into a bright future with your company, you may find you need to round out staffing gaps here and there. And if you’re looking for new employees in the Odessa, Texas area, 1st Staffing Group can help. We’re a leading staffing agency servicing Oklahoma and Texas, and we’ll work with you to find the employees you need to get the job done right. To learn more, contact us today.

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