A lot of things are said about supervision. A lot of people define themselves as a supervisor. But in fact, what is supervision, what is a professional supervisor? And what do they to?
Supervision in coaching develops coaches’ awareness of their practice, brings into focus the effects of dynamics in the space between both coaches and supervisors, and looks beyond content to context. Building this level of relational awareness, the coach and the supervisor move from transactional and functional coaching to deep and transformative conversations that acknowledge the impact of the living, relational, systemic field of coaching.
Through skilled dialogue, creative interventions and collaborative learning, coaches in supervision have a space in which to reflect on and deepen all areas of their practice.
Supervision may for example, enable to think through tough ethical dilemmas, boundary management, contractual issues or how to work better with ‘difficult’ coachees or resolve a ‘critical incident’ with a coachee.
Key to this process, is supporting coaches to value and use their own ‘internal supervisor’ – the ‘one’ who gets immediate cognitive, somatic and intuitive data and who is often not noticed enough and is often underused.