Behavioural indicators for supervising a team

Supervisors are responsible for directing their teams, and this includes tracking the direction that the organisation is taking. Below you will find the behavioural indicators for supervising a team. You may also use these for your own development. Click here to find out about Radboud University's leadership vision.

Vision and strategy


  • Formulates a vision of the developments in a discipline;
  • Translates these developments into short-term and long-term objectives.

External orientation

  • Analyses broader academic, organisational and/or social connections;
  • Anticipates and acts on external developments (future-proofing);
  • Looks beyond the boundaries of their own team and sees the bigger picture;
  • Is role conscious/has a sense of proportion.

Innovative strength

  • Encourages innovation and motivates others to meet challenges;
  • Is capable of creating a working environment that provides scope for experimentation.

Ability to achieve goals

Results management

  • Seeks a balance between individual ambitions, team interests and the bigger picture;
  • Sets priorities and bring things into focus;
  • Insists upon well-defined tasks, competencies and responsibilities.


  • Listens to staff members’ arguments and draws on their expertise during decision-making;
  • Makes decisions; acts decisively;
  • Creates a level of support through clear communication.


  • Switches between different levels in the organisation;
  • Initiates a dialogue when there is a difference of opinion;
  • Encourages open discussion of tensions between individual and organisational interests;
  • Sets an example.



  • Communicates clearly and directly about the essence of an issue and its process;
  • Promotes a culture of accountability.

Shift in perspective

  • Draws connections between different perspectives;
  • Insists upon a safe, inclusive and respectful working environment.


  • Actively promotes connections between the team and individuals; builds bridges;
  • Encourages collaboration, even outside of their own team;
  • Creates a relaxed atmosphere when given the opportunity.

Development and appreciation

Personal development and career development

  • Fosters the personal development and career development of their staff members;
  • Aligns staff members’ development needs with the organisation’s goals;
  • Invests in the development of both the individual and the team.


  • Shows consideration for staff members’ vitality;
  • Actively encourages the prevention and reduction of absenteeism.


  • Motivates staff members and gives them space and conveys appreciation;
  • Focuses attention on both individual and team performance.


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