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Getting over a bad day

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One bad day can shake even the best supervisor’s confidence. Here’s where you can get the encouragement you need to put yours back together:

1. From your position. Remember that someone had the power to hire anyone to do your job. That person chose you. A temporary setback doesn’t cancel out the abilities that got you where you are; instead, it gives you a chance to use them.

2. From past successes. You’ve led your team to significant achievements in the past. What were they? What were your particular contributions? Draw on those strengths to help you rise to this occasion—and go beyond it.

3. From past setbacks. What happened the last time your ego took a bruising? What did you learn from it? How did you get over it? Recalling the aftermath and long-term value of previous setbacks will help you develop a strategy for putting this one behind you too.

4. From training. If you’re lacking skills that would help you feel more in control of the situation, arrange to get the training you need. The sooner you take positive steps to regroup, the better you’ll feel. In addition, trying something you’ve newly learned and seeing it work well is a great way to boost your confidence.

5. From others. Look for feedback that tells you what to change and what to keep in your supervisory style. Ask your employees, colleagues and manager for some honest criticism. You may be spending so much time being hard on yourself that you’re not paying attention to what, if anything, needs changing.

Don’t expect perfection

The more room you give yourself to grow, the stronger your supervisory skills will become. Give yourself a chance to get better. Experience is the best supervisory confidence-builder of all.

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