What is the role of a Coach Supervisor?
As Coaches we aim to be reflective practitioners as this allows us to stay open and present in each exchange. Mindfulness has long been incorporated within the therapeutic professions and today we see the wisdom of this being critical to the way of being. Supervision may introduce each coach to a more deeply contemplative practice to benefit both coach and client, their relationship and developing work together.
We can see that such a practitioner will have an advantage on one who simply coaches systematically, applying models and approaches without taking the time to reflect on their appropriateness. Reflective practice helps coaches build that internal capability to self coach and self supervise. Supervisors often teach their supervisees by modelling this process and you will find more details on “Mindfulness” on the Resource Page.
While existing models of supervision, especially that of Hawkins & Shohet, provide a valuable guide to this work, it is in the contemplative approach that we find a way of working that facilitates our deeper development. Focus on transpersonal aspects of ourselves and clients allows deeper conversations to evolve.
There are many definitions but Julie Hay (2007) says based on Brigid Proctor (1986).
” The supervisor has a role in Normative, Formative and Supportive aspects of the practice of coaches.The supervisor has responsibility for ensuring that the coach is practising in competent and ethical ways. There is a role in the development and growth of the coach via feedback, direct guidance through theorectical knowledge, personal attributes,and self awareness. The supportive element is for when the inevitable doubts and insecurities arise or when challenge is required. “
“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else’s journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way?”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn.