25 Tips from a Maintenance Supervisor

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25 Tips from a Maintenance Supervisor

“Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice.” -John Brandon, Contributing Editor of Inc.com

As a maintenance supervisor, leadership is the ability to influence others to accomplish the mission. Running an efficient and effective maintenance team is the primary goal of any maintenance supervisor. Throughout my years as a professional leader in my field, here are a few tips I have learned that not only make a good maintenance supervisor, but also a good leader.

  1. Separate personal and business.
  2. Lead each one differently.
  3. Inspect what you expect.
  4. Trust, but verify.
  5. Get in the trenches with them.
  6. Continue to educate and grow and educate and grow you employees.
  7. Teach the definition of integrity.
  8. Remember you can pass down accountability but not responsibility.
  9. Listen to their needs.
  10. Always give them the tools to succeed.
  11. I always close the work orders to see how they troubleshoot maybe additional training might be needed.
  12. Be fair and consistent.
  13. Reward in public, punish in private.
  14. Get to know each one of them what makes them tick
  15. Gi parties, lunches, breakfast shows respect and builds teamwork
  16. Monthly meetings then let them talk
  17. Earn respect don’t demand
  18. Some have the natural ability to lead some can be taught and some just don’t have what it needs.
  19. Teach time management.
  20. Don’t discriminate treat everyone fairly, treat people how you would want to be treated.
  21. Keep the shop and office organized and structured.
  22. Hold evaluations to commend and built.
  23. Have a plan of action for their growth needs and wants, built them to be the next leader.
  24. Be a person of your word.
  25. Encourage, motivate, and inspire.