Working together: coach supervision
Do you ever question whether you have done your best by a client?
Do you ever get a sense that you could be doing more or better but you can’t see how or where the issue or the solutions lie?
Do you find yourself mulling over client sessions for extended periods of time, with no resolution or space to confidentially share your thoughts?
Do you worry that you are stuck in certain coaching habits and might not be practicing as broadly as might benefit the client?
Do you have questions about your identity as a coach that unsettle you or lead you to lack confidence in your approach or abilities?
Do you have questions not just about your client interactions but the elements of running a coaching business that surround the interactions themselves?
Do you have dilemmas over how to deal with certain clients, issues or patterns?
Do you lack a network of coaches or like-minded people to share your professional thoughts and concerns and successes with?
If you answered yes to any of those and are not already having supervision, I recommend you read on. Over the years I have encountered all of those issues and more, and that is why I am passionate about supervision.
As coaches or consultants we have the professional capacity to help bring about important changes, however our work can also deeply influence people who are in a life-changing situation or transition and who may be rendered vulnerable and possibly dependent.
Whether you work with me as your supervisor, or someone else, supervision is a vital part of any coach’s professional development and personal resourcing, whether they are a life coach, executive coach, internal coach or consultant. It supports you to uncover your blind spots and enables you to discover patterns of behaviour and ways of being and doing which impact on the success of your work.
Supervision is “a process in which new practical knowledge is generated while taking account of ethical principles” Eric De Haan (2012) – Supervision in Action
More about supervision
The ICF Board have adopted the position of “strongly encouraging” supervision and say:
“Coaching Supervision is a collaborative learning practice to continually build the capacity of the coach through reflective dialogue for the benefit of both coaches and clients. (It) focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development…and creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.”
- Provides a formal opportunity to share client caseloads and activity in confidence to gain insight, support and direction for the coach/consultant thereby enabling them to better work in the service of their clients.
- Draws on the best practice of psychotherapy and counselling supervision and places it within a coaching orientation. As such, it upholds the principles of coaching and mentoring and the coaching relationship.
- Helps you benchmark your practice against best practice, including giving supportive constructive feedback.
- Works through ethical dilemmas with you, including contracting and establishing good boundaries, to ensure standards and ethics are maintained.
- Brings a perspective about the quality of the coaching practice, enhancing reflection when working with content and process
- Attends to the supervisees personal development; opening up new areas of competence and building the supervisees internal supervisor.