Imagine a learning journey that takes you through an intricate web of challenges and transformation, and you’ll get an idea of what becoming a team coaching supervisor is like. This process shapes team coaches into adept navigators of the complex human dynamics that are always present within teams. Many find it to be a conduit for both professional and personal development.

As with any journey, my own experience involved both highs and lows.

The mirror of coaching supervision

To train as a team coaching supervisor means to confront your own coaching identity. This introspection requires a close examination of your strengths and vulnerabilities. It is similar to standing in front of a mirror, not just observing but questioning and truly perceiving what you see. This can be unsettling, as it demands us to be honest and open to change.

Reflecting on my own journey through supervision training, I noticed a few distinct rules I had made up for my one-on-one coaching practice compared to my team coaching practice. For instance, my experience in training as a one-on-one coach was to leave myself out of the equation. It’s not about the coach, it’s about the client. Supervision training really helped me to tune myself as instrument and to consider how I can use that in service of my clients.

It was interesting to observe that for some reason, I believed that doing supervision training was going to be my roadmap to achieving my Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential. It turned out that supervision training was exactly the path that I needed to continue my journey to the MCC.

One powerful discovery during supervision training was the concept of using ‘self as instrument.’ This has supported my one-on-one coaching, and profoundly impacted my mentoring and team coaching. It allows me to surrender to the coaching process, reflecting, noticing, and being aware of when I am and am not taking both hands off the wheel in a coaching session.

map to becoming a team coaching supervisor


Navigating compexity

By its nature, team coaching involves complicated dynamics. Coaches must learn to recognize and manage not just individual behaviours, but an interplay of characters, relationships, power structures, and collective emotions. Engaging in deep reflection is a holistic approach that not only serves but also enriches the coach’s ability to navigate these complexities.

Reflecting on my own experience in supervision training, I realize that I have gained profound insights into the intricate dynamics of team coaching. By learning more about my strengths and vulnerabilities as a team coach, I have an even deeper awareness of how I show up, notice and influence those dynamics. Reflection has really served me as a coach, and enriched my capacity to continuously improve and adapt my coaching strategies in response to the needs of the teams I serve.

Sustaining through doubt

The path through supervision training was not linear. It was filled with moments of doubt, frustration, and existential questioning about what supervision is, how it differs from coaching, and how to describe it. I definitely noticed parallels to when I started my coach training close to two decades ago. I was asking myself; how am I going to describe it? This was a rollercoaster ride for me. One minute I would think I knew exactly what supervision is and how to speak to it. In the next moment, I didn’t have a clue. It was and continues to be a humbling experience.

Evolving yourself as coach

For me, the journey through supervision training was a rite of passage. It involved significant challenges, deep transformation, and substantial learning. As with any meaningful journey, it demanded a considerable time commitment. While some coaches express that a nine-month training program is too lengthy, these coaches are often the same ones advocating that their clients commit to six months or more of coaching to achieve real results and transformation.

Making this commitment to supervisor training highlights an essential truth of coaching: meaningful change is not a quick fix, but a dedicated process. In addition to expanding my professional capacity, the journey gave me a deeper understanding of group dynamics, enhanced my coaching skills, and supported me in building a reflective practice that feels more like a spiritual practice for my soul.

Sherry Matheson, PCC, ACTC, ORSCC, ITCA, ESIA is a leadership coach, team coach, mentor, supervisor and trainer. She brings 26 years of experience in working with teams in a variety of settings, including corporate, legal, engineering, health and wellness. Sherry was among those invited to consult on the ICF Team Coaching Competencies.

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