Coach mentoring and supervision
There is often confusion around whether coaches need mentoring or supervision. The difference is sometimes hard to see but a concise description would be;
A mentor helps the coach develop their skill set and the practice of their skills. They help them check that they are meeting and maintaining the core competencies of the accrediting body, and that the sessions are task focused. A mentor may offer suggestions and knowledge from their own experience to help the mentee progress.
A supervisor acts as someone to whom a coach can bring their coaching experiences with clients to, to reflect on, explore and learn from them. This can be both practically and emotionally around their role as a coach. A supervisor works collaboratively to support the coach’s professional and personal wellbeing and success. A supervisor can often provide elements of mentoring within the sessions. This learning and development is for the benefit of both the coach and, indirectly the coach’s clients.
- Both should encourage ongoing development and learning and keep standards high in the profession.
- Both rely on the experience and maturity of the mentor/supervisor to guide and support the coach.
- Both aim to pick up on any subconscious behaviours or attitudes from the coach that are unhelpful to the coach and their clients
- Both provide confidentiality and a safe space for coaches to explore concerns they might have while developing in their profession.