From good to great: why every coach needs coaching supervision

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The coaching industry has grown massively over the past decade (according to ICF, the estimated market size is expected to reach $20 billion USD by 2022, the coaching industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world!), yet a lot of people who get qualified don’t use or utilise the wonders coaching supervision can provide them with.

I am a qualified coach, why do I need a supervision – you might be thinking?

Here are the top three reasons why coaching supervision will make you a better coach:

Continuous development and CPD:

Supervision will enable you not only to keep your skills sharp and keep on top of your CPD, but it also enables you to explore new horizons and continue to develop new skills and abilities. As a coach, you know full well about the importance of reflection, continuous development and CPD, but we are all creatures of habit and over time and as life and work get busy, it’s easy for autopilot to kick in.

Supervision is an excellent way to refresh your skills, remind yourself of things you might have learnt during your qualification, but haven’t had a chance to use yet (or simply forgotten about) and practice new or existing techniques in a safe space.

Your own well-being:

As a coach, you will come across a variety of clients, deal with a myriad of challenges and undoubtedly experience some frustrations and for our own well-being and in order to look after our mental health, supervision creates an excellent safe space that you can use to cleanse your mind and energy. Using supervision for your own well-being will not only help you to keep your energy levels up (we all know, how freeing it feels to be able to get things off our chest on a regular basis), but it will also help you to stay in love with the profession.

Quality assurance and confidence:

Due to the nature of the role of a coach, it’s easy to get stuck in your head, start second guessing yourself and question how good you really are, but with regular supervision sessions you will not only keep your skills in a great shape and continue to expand your abilities, but will also have more confidence because you always know that you are on the right track.

According to CIPD report: “Coaches see the main benefits of supervision as developing coaching capability (88%) and assuring the quality of their coaching (86%). “

Whether you are new to the coaching scene or an experienced coach, there simply is no substitute for coaching supervision and the benefits it brings so when you are ready to start reaping the benefits of coaching supervision, get in touch with Clare Smale from Inspired2learn who has been coaching and supervising coaches for over 16 years!

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