Different Types of Supervisors


  • Run a strict climate 98% of the time.
  • Operate a tight department.
  • Sometimes uses restrictive controls.
  • Expects his/her employees to be on time, orderly and highly efficient.
  • Permits foolishness only on special occasions.
  • Appears to be cool, distant and unfeeling.
  • Seems unreachable and autocratic.
  • Probably more interested in you and willing to help than you suspect.


  • Does not possess the presence of a leader.
  • A direct opposite to the ‘structured’ supervisor.
  • Free and easy-going leadership style.
  • Few controls and restrictions.
  • Most dangerous because new employees need self-discipline.
  • Gives too much freedom.
  • Acts as a trap that can destroy one’s desire to succeed.

Democratic Modern:

  • Most difficult to create and maintain.
  • Real expert.
  • Employees want to do what the supervisor wants done.
  • The supervisor is one of the group while still maintaining a leadership role.
  • Not all employees can respond to this work climate.
  • Everyone becomes involved from inside the group.
  • The supervisor may feel taken advantage of at times so may sway to ‘structured’ then start to become more ‘permissive’ again to balance back to ‘democratic’ once more.
  • Better for the Corporate Company rather than an individual.
  • Responsibility toward employees and asks for a high degree of loyalty and performance in return.
  • Avoids layoffs.
  • Allows employees to establish department productivity goals.


  1. Avoid transferring negative attitudes to your supervisor that you may have developed toward other authority figures in your life.
  2. Expect some rough days under their supervision. You’ll have lots of good days too!
  3. Refuse to nurse a small gripe into a major issue.
  4. Select the right time to approach your supervisor.
  5. Never go above your supervisor’s head without talking to him/her first.
  6. Try not to let your supervisor intimidate you.
  7. Do not make your supervisor your buddy.
  8. If you make a mistake, clear the air quickly.
  9. Remember that not all supervisors enjoy their roles. So try to be tolerant and sympathetic.
  10. Convert your supervisor into a mentor.

~ Christine Iliadis


Public Relations: Is Your Attitude Showing?

  • Use positive attitude to inject humor and happiness into a regular workday (it’s appreciated).
  • Bonding team spirit.
  • Travels- maintained.
  • Productivity: reach or exceed quota, measurement or evaluation.
  • Your effect/influence on others
  • Do more than your share.
  • Build strong, friendly, honest working relationships with all people.
  • Your behavior has a direct bearing on the efficiency of others.
  • To be recognized as having the ability to work harmoniously with others.
  • Good attitude; has ‘openness to learning’

Personality: sum (total) of physical/mental characteristics that transmit unique blend to the others.

Attitude: Positive (background light) enhances characteristics/ less favorable traits look more attractive.

Charisma: Characteristics seem to communicate a touch of magic that can only be seen with a positive attitude.

If you go around looking for wrong things you will find them. Instead look for what is good, focus on pleasant things. You will be a positive person in the minds of most people. Serendipity means to ‘rise above negativity’.


Maintaining a Positive Attitude is Essential for Career:

  1. Energetic, motivated, productive, alert, inner enthusiasm pours out.
  2. Coworkers receive friendly, a warm signal that makes them attracted to you.
  3. Attitudes are caught more than taught affecting the productivity of others.
  4. With coworkers liking you, you are in the middle of things; involved building good relationships.
  5. Management/Supervisors give greater consideration to positive employees when assigning special projects and when promotions arise.


ABC of Human Behavior:

Antecedent: Environmental trigger.

Behavior: Behavioral response to an environmental trigger.

Consequence: What happens next.


Four Non-Productive Personality Types:

Receptive: Accepts roles and never betters themselves.

Exploitative: Agressive, self-centred, plagiarism, coercion.

Hoarding: Retain what they have and want to acquire more.

Marketing: Sell their own image.


~ Christine Iliadis