I have always had supervision. It was part of my qualifying process back in 2005 and has been ever since. I have had group supervision, one to one supervision and peer to peer supervision. All have added something to my practice and I have both enjoyed and gained many benefits from the variety. However, running through my practice to date has been a long-term one to one relationship with my personal supervisor. I really value this relationship with Gil as he has seen me develop and grow as a coach. He understands my practice and we have a level of trust and understanding that enables me to be completely open and honest with myself through the highs and lows of my practice. My supervisory relationship has been essential in helping me to build confidence in my voice as a coach, and develop and grow my practice from who I am. The spark of ART in Coaching (www.artincoaching.co.uk ) came out of a supervision session with Gil and, for me, supervision is without doubt a cornerstone of a great coaching practice.
Becoming a supervisor myself
My experiences of supervision are one of the reasons I qualified as a supervisor. It is a privilege to work alongside other coaches offering a reflective, creative and developmental space to enable coaches to be the best coach they can be for their clients. Find out more about my supervision here.
Supervision keeps you honest
Supervision strengthens your practice and it does this through keeping you honest…helping you to attend to what you are not seeing, not hearing, not allowing yourself to feel, or not saying. My turning point came when I was able to say out loud in supervision that I was bored. By having a space to be that honest it meant I could make changes that has ultimately led me to being much more fulfilled and, as a result, a better coach (and supervisor).
Gives you a supportive, reflective and confidential space
Supervision does this by giving you a supportive, reflective and confidential space to:
- Bring coaching and client issues and challenges to explore and move forward with
- Identify, explore and understand the wider systems and dynamics at play in your coaching relationships
- Think through what you have absorbed from your coachees and clients
- Reflect on your own practice more broadly, identifying strengths and opportunities to develop and grow as a coach
- Develop your own internal supervisor and deepen your reflective practice
- Identify circumstances where you may need to refer your coachees to more specialist help
Supervision enables you to work in the round
Through supervision you reflect and work on your practice in the round including;
- Your growth – helping you develop and grow as a coach
- Your capacity – always being mindful of your capacity and internal resources to be fully present and offering your best for your clients
- Maintaining best practice – enabling you to be alert to ethical boundaries and exploring best practice