Outstanding Supervisor Series: Monte Pride

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Monte Pride is a Project Delivery Supervisor with Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities (IPF) in Planning, Design and Construction (PDC). As a supervisor, Pride leads PDC's Planning Team, a diverse group of subject matter experts. He leads with character, candor, foresight, and a willingness to listen. Pride is responsive to the needs of his staff and continually looks out for their interests, while simultaneously meeting the needs of Michigan State University. It's not one or the other. Pride does it all.

Honesty, integrity, respect. These are just some of the character qualities that have been used to describe Monte Pride and his leadership style.

“Monte’s management style and integrity has earned his staff’s trust and provides an avenue for open conversation and ideas to be discussed amongst his team,” said Scott Gardner, project manager in Planning, Design and Construction. “Monte does a great job listening to his staff, trusting his staff to do their job, providing the right balance of employee oversight, and getting involved when required.”
 
During times of extreme stress, Pride has maintained a positive attitude, listening, showing respect and compassion to staff as well as being open and up front with information and discussions. The experience and communications skills he brings to the table allows him to navigate difficult situations in an inclusive and transparent way.
 
“His respect for staff, genuine nature and calm demeanor set his staff at ease and has also led to employees that aren’t a part of his staff seeking his council,” said Brain Mullen, senior estimator/project manager in Planning, Design and Construction. “Without exception, Monte patiently accommodates all who come to him with an open-door policy.”
 
He’s supportive both in and out of the office. Once even helping a team member pursue a promotion outside of his department. Pride was on the forefront of instituting a “four-tens” work schedule for his staff members allowing his team to be able to spend more time with family. The extra day off provided one staff member the opportunity to pursue and receive a master’s degree.
 
Pride is a rock that his team members can lean on. He is an outstanding supervisor who has and will continue to make a positive impact on MSU’s campus.  

Join Monte and other Outstanding Award Winners in a panel discussion on January 22 at noon.

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Learn more about the Outstanding Supervisor Award

The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated worklife sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit.