MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
Find tips to oversee the work of volunteers and practical suggestions to supervise them. Everything from ideas to help you work more efficiently to the latest in research on keeping volunteers happy and productive.
~ November 2006 ~ Topics
What Type of Manager Are You?
Every now and then, we managers need to take a step back to evaluate our performance and think about how we can grow professionally. Mindy Gerwirtz, Ph.D. defines several types of positive and negative management styles in the Fall/September 2006 issue of "REAP the Benefits."
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for Secrets of Leadership by Rick Lynch & Sue Vineyard and Best of All: The Quick Reference Guide to Effective Volunteer Involvement by Linda Graff.
Supervisory Skill Self Assessment
Once you have identified the type(s)
of manager you are, the next step is to assess what knowledge, skills
and abilities you need for your job, which ones you have and which ones
you will need to acquire.
Think about each skill and how important it is to your job.
Go back and rate how effective you are
at each skill and what area(s) you need to improve upon. Design an action
Adapted from Rick Rochetti's Self
Assessment of Supervisory Skills, City of Raleigh Capital Leadership
If you spend some time doing reflective thinking and earnestly follow through, you will be more effective as a leader.
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
Liz Needham is currently the Volunteer Services Coordinator for the City of Raleigh Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program. She has 12 years of managerial and supervisory experience in the non-profit, local government and business sectors. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: (919) 831-6098.
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