A Former Supervisor Solicits Feedback

Recapping the strengths and weaknesses of a mentor.

By: Paul Hickey, Founder / Lead Strategist – Data Driven Design | VP, Digital Strategy – SnapShot Interactive

I got an interesting call recently from a mentor of mine and former supervisor. It was pretty cool. They wanted to know their top three strengths and any weaknesses as a leader. In this podcast, I break this down. I’m keeping this person confidential, but wanted to share the story with you.

Top Strengths.

1. Ability to empower others. This person always provided an opportunity to learn, grow. Amazing ability to empower their employees to always do more. They never put us in a position where all we’d be responsible for were a set of tasks.  They wanted me to succeed, grow and get promoted throughout he organization. Even if it meant finding a better career path. This person wanted me to gain as much experience as I could. This helped me be a better employee, a better leader, bring more skills to the table and increase my value. This person never held me back or reprimanded me for doing more. They are a mentor and a natural leader and collaborator.

2. Absolutely detail oriented. This resulted in a much better finished product at all times. We were always buttoned up as a team. We were always on the same page due to this person’s attention to detail. We always knew what was going on as a team. We checked every box and went the extra mile to make everything we did that much better.

3. Passion. You could not out-work them. They were always at the office earlier and later than everyone else. This set the tone. Their passion for their job was contagious. It wasn’t just passion for the job, but it was passion to make a difference in the world through the job.

Top Weakness.

Knowing When to Stop Talking. 🙂 This one is funny to me, because I’ve learned from my mistakes on this one too. I realized that I wear down my employees sometimes because my passion for my job sometimes doesn’t fully translate to their passion. From time to time, as I was less experienced, it would wear me down when this person would get into a groove and I was burned out at the moment. I feel like letting their foot off the gas from time-to-time would have given me the ability to decompress, recharge and come back stronger.

(Had to find a weakness and this is one that I know I’ve been guilty of as well as a supervisor). Getting too intense with my employees and demanding too much of their time listening to me talk. 🙂

Paul Hickey has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for more than 10 years. His sweet spot is using analytics to design and build websites and grow the audience and revenue of businesses via SEO/Blogging, Google Adwords, Bing Ads, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Content Marketing and Email Marketing. The part that he’s most passionate about is quantifying next marketing actions based on real data.