Is It Better to Be Respected or Liked as a Supervisor?

Up to now, my posts have been directed at working-level employees. But eventually, especially if you are career-oriented, you will want to move into management which brings its own unique challenges. So this is a new stream directed at a first-time supervisor or those who aspire to the position. It will alternate with the employee stream posts with which you are already familiar. Is It Better to Be Respected or Liked as a Supervisor? So, a promotion. Well done. You have taken over your old boss Albert’s job. You will now be supervising staff who, until you got this new job, were your colleagues. Honestly, this is a tough way to start in management. I think it’s actually easier to supervise people you don’t know in your first supervision job. But a promotion is a promotion and there is the whole thing about gift horses. Here’s a situation you might run into in the early days of your new role. Your first challenge as a supervisor Candice comes into your office. Before you were promoted, you and Candice worked on many projects together. Candice: Hey, nice office! So how does it feel being the big cheese? You: Please. I’m not…