General Forums >> General Discussions >> Supervisors

Rate

Supervisors

387 Views
12 Replies Flag as inappropriate
Elvis-presley_max50

15 posts

back to top

Posted about 2 years ago

 

I have always been into the deep issues of Policing and one thing i have always wondered about is Supervisors. What makes a good Supervisor? What makes one want to work hard for them? If you dont like yours does that effect your work? I am very curious.

Silver_warrior_max50

1464 posts

back to top
+3

Rated +3 | Posted about 2 years ago

 

There are several reasons one wants to be a supervisor and it depends upon the way the department is configured as to potential reasons why someone would want to climb the ladder.  The one that is most comforting to the "troops" is the person that wants to better the group ALONG with themselves.  This supervisor does what they can to support and defend (whenever possible) their subordinates.  They walk a delicate line of what is best for the organization AND the subordinates.  This can be difficult since whomever the supervisor answers to, doesn't always see things the same way as the front line officer.


Another type of person that climbs the ladder can be the lazy type if the department allows it.  In my old department, once you promoted to sergeant, you were more paper pusher than officer.  With that in mind, they realize very quickly that if you promote, then the only thing you have to do is push some papers (usually off onto someone else) and deal with the public that comes in.  This type can be dangerous to the subordinates as they don't care to "think" about whether a complaint against a subordinate that comes into the office is legit or not. . . .they just pass it on to someone further up the food chain.


The MOST dangerous person is the one that is only out for themselves.  They see themselves as the "Chief" one day and will stab ANYONE in the back to get there if that person is in their way.  It doesn't really matter if the "other" person deserved it or not. . . .if they stood between the "brown noser" and their ultimate goal. . . . .their career is probably toast!


Not ALL ladder climbers are bad, just as all subordinates are not good.  There are some that have done something that just happened to garner attention of someone above them who then turned around and gave them the opportunity of a lifetime. . . .a spot a little higher on the ladder of success.  So, it all depends on the individual. . . .not the position, that makes or breaks a successful individual.  If you want some reading material. . . . .look up Audie Murphy (from World War II) who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor. . . .among other very high honors and awards from many different countries.  His life was one of humility and constantly looking out for everyone that was around him because he wanted EVERYONE around him to succeed.


I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.

John Bernard Books, from "The Shootist"

White_shirt_max50

4943 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Beowulf_7. Excellent response. I concur.

Thumbnail_max50

1314 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

I agree UncleD.  Beowulf_7 this is an excellent response.

Redhatpicmay25-2_max50

624 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

 Absoutely spot on, Beowulf_7.

Th_policeavatar_2__max50

734 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Beowulf_7 says ...



There are several reasons one wants to be a supervisor and it depends upon the way the department is configured as to potential reasons why someone would want to climb the ladder.  The one that is most comforting to the "troops" is the person that wants to better the group ALONG with themselves.  This supervisor does what they can to support and defend (whenever possible) their subordinates.  They walk a delicate line of what is best for the organization AND the subordinates.  This can be difficult since whomever the supervisor answers to, doesn't always see things the same way as the front line officer.



 


Excellent sir.


""Life is a storm.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes"
Alexander Dumas-The Count of Monte Christo

Untitledma28839986-0002_max50

2289 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Bump Beowulf_7

0 posts

back to top
+1

Rated +1 | Posted about 2 years ago

 

 Bump Beowulf_7 


IMHO I believe a respected and liked supervisor operates from a base of integrity, honesty, and respect for others, which is an essential attribute! A supervisor should ALWAYS praise in public and discipline in private. This shows respect for line officers.

Elvis-presley_max50

15 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Very interesting

Schultz3_max50

406 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Beowulf said it perfectly. A good supervisor wants nothing more than for his guys to succeed and does everything possible to make it happen.

P_p_max50

203 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Big BUMP, Beowulf!


Never, never, never give up. - Winston Churchill

Bronzestarribbon_max50

2030 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

I echo all that everyone has bumped. Beowulf 7 I believe broken down best. I learned my supervision skills initially from the military where I took care of my troops, but didn't coddle them. Through leadership experience and continual training in my current position the bottom line is that for the boss to succeed the team needs to succeed and know they are being taken care of and treated fairly. I tell my LT that its my job to take care of my people and my unit and make him look good...