Aside from the promotion from within the ranks, there is a second major way to obtain a new group supervisor. Bringing in a resource from outside the group has some advantages, but there are huge caveats for this method.
In this category, there are two common approaches that are used:
1) bringing in someone who has been a supervisor in another area, and
2) hiring a new college graduate as an entry level position.
In this article, I will describe some challenges and recommendations for each situation.
Transfer from another area
When bringing in a supervisor from another area of the company, or even a different company, at least she has the advantage of being a seasoned person who has experience leading front line employees.
A typical mistake made by the supervisor in this situation is to be too zealous with advice learned on the prior job.
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