Effective Practices for Academic Leaders
Supervising Staff for Success
Edition: Volume 2, Issue 1

Journal: 978 1 57922 163 8 / $20.00
Published: January 2007  

E-Publication (PDF): 978 1 57922 391 5 / $10.00
Published: January 2007  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
16 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
Series: Effective Practices for Academic Leaders Archive
Executive Summary
This briefing provides an overview of effective supervisory practices for academic leaders, especially department heads and chairs. It highlights key policies, rules, and procedures associated with the supervision of varying classes of employees in higher-education institutions. In the briefing, I describe seven major functions in supervising individual employees, with particular emphasis on dealing with work performance problems. In addition, I examine strategies for managing employee teams and suggest practical approaches for resolving significant supervisory issues. The topics I address include communicating effectively, using appropriate leadership styles, managing differences, promoting work/life balance, and creating a productive environment. Finally, I conclude with suggestions on how to develop as a supervisor.

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