Ways of Supervising Your Senior Staff Member

There are several ways to supervise your organisation's senior staff member. Supervision can be done by:

1. The committee as a whole.

This is not usually effective, but can sometimes work in small, informal organisations. It may be quite inappropriate if the committee contains people to whom it would be unwise, or unprofessional for the senior staff member to confide problems.

The committee is ultimately accountable for the performance of the senior staff member and should always carry out an overall monitoring role.

Clarifying Committee/Staff Roles

Where there are few or no paid staff, the Management Committee often has a very hands-on role.  However, in large organisations where the Management Committee has little involvement in the day-to-day running or management of the organisation.  Where there are paid staff, it is essential that the Management Committee and the senior staff member understand their role and boundaries, and demonstrate respect for each other's position and powers.