As a coach I value the coaching supervision I take part in and over the years have made a considered commitment to this either as part of a peer supervision group or by receiving one to one coaching supervision.
Why? Well for me it is four-fold:
- Because I value my personal development as a coach, which is also about me being congruent in terms of that it is exactly what coaching is about
- It is about being challenged and held to account around my profession as a coach and coaching supervisor
- It is also about the value I bring to my clients in the coaching & supervision I do
- And as a coaching supervisor I am demonstrating a commitment to what the process offers and brings
I have been coaching now for over 25 years either as an internal coach or as an external coach, and for the last 6 years I have been supervising too. This year I decided to undertake a balance and check on my coaching supervision and undertook undertook the ILM level 7 in Coaching Supervision. Having completed it over the summer all my assignments and evidence has now been marked and verified and I have had it confirmed today that I passed and have been awarded the ‘badge’.
Reflecting on the completion I really enjoyed being challenged, having a robust approach to learning and reflection and demonstrating my level of knowledge and skills and ability. What did surprise me and still does is the low number of coaches who undertake regular supervision, beyond using it to gain an accreditation! That even though coaches have signed up to codes of ethics and practises as members of coaching bodies they aren’t undertaking supervision or even consider it.
When we ask our clients to prepare for and reflect on their coaching, to follow through on developmental actions they discussed and to work towards the goals they have set with you the coach, why don’t coaches see the importance and value of doing just that themselves via supervision!