Philosophy as a supervisor:
As a supervisor, my philosophy revolves around openness, curiosity, and partnership with the supervisee. Relinquishing the need to know everything, I embrace the potential of all possibilities and work collaboratively with the supervisee to explore the unknown.
In our shared space, factors like time, place, gender, religion, and age become less important as we focus on cultivating a deep sense of awe, serenity, and respect. Together, we examine what is important to the supervisee, uncovering life-giving sources, rebellious thoughts, and elements that reside at the fringes of our awareness.
My intention, which guides my attention, allows me to transcend expectations and create a tireless, enduring connection with the supervisee. This intention acts as a foundation for a safe space in which exploration, amazement, and wonder can flourish. I embody the spirit of serenity, innocence, and availability, becoming both the place and the way of service.
As a supervisor, I am committed to expanding my capacity and transcending limitations to help the supervisee connect with what is yet to come. Within the temenos, or sacred space, my role is to bridge the gap between the present and the future, facilitating growth beyond what can be seen as a legacy.
In this role as a supervisor, I approach each interaction with humility and an eagerness to learn from the supervisee. I believe that by fostering a reciprocal learning environment, both the supervisor and the supervisee can grow, evolve, and discover new insights about themselves and the world around them.
By nurturing a sense of curiosity and wonder, I encourage the supervisee to embrace vulnerability, confront challenges, and take risks in the pursuit of personal and professional growth. I am there to support, guide, and empower the supervisee in their journey, while also being open to learning from their unique perspectives and experiences.
I value the importance of maintaining a compassionate and nonjudgmental attitude, as it fosters trust and encourages open communication between the supervisor and the supervisee. This open dialogue creates an environment where supervisees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and concerns, allowing for deeper exploration and understanding.
Through active listening, empathy, and providing constructive feedback, I strive to help the supervisee gain a greater sense of self-awareness, enhance their coaching skills, and develop a stronger sense of confidence in their abilities. As a supervisor, my ultimate goal is to facilitate the growth and development of the supervisee so they can become the best version of themselves and, in turn, empower their clients to achieve their goals and aspirations.
In my role as a supervisor, I also appreciate the importance of adaptability and flexibility. I recognize that each supervisee is unique, and their needs, goals, and learning styles will vary. As such, I aim to tailor my approach and adapt my supervisory style to best support the individual supervisee in their personal and professional journey.
I am committed to fostering an environment of continuous learning and reflection, both for myself as a supervisor and for the supervisees. By engaging in regular self-reflection and seeking feedback from supervisees, I strive to continuously improve my supervisory skills and adapt my approach to better serve the needs of those I work with.
In addition to individual growth, I also value the power of collaboration and the exchange of ideas among supervisees. By creating opportunities for supervisees to collaborate, share their experiences, and learn from one another, I believe we can collectively enhance our coaching skills, broaden our perspectives, and strengthen our professional community.
Ultimately, my philosophy as a supervisor is rooted in a deep respect for the potential within each supervisee and a commitment to nurturing their growth and development. By providing a supportive, collaborative, and empowering environment, I aim to inspire supervisees to uncover their unique strengths, develop their coaching skills, and fulfill their potential as transformative agents in the lives of their clients.
Style and aim:
As a supervisor with a systemic eclectic style, I draw upon a wide range of theories and techniques to offer a versatile and adaptable approach that meets the unique needs and preferences of each individual. My style is influenced by various models and practices, including the Karpman drama triangle, seven-eyed model of supervision, transpersonal psychology, psychology of relationships, systemic understanding of organizations, working with image and metaphor, time to think model of supervision, the full spectrum model, leadership embodiment, gestalt techniques, and mindfulness practices. I have a particular affinity for transactional analysis and the use of humor when appropriate and welcomed by the client.
I excel in utilizing relational presence and energy management, fostering the development of the internal supervisor, and accessing intuition. I am passionate about engaging in supervisory conversations and eagerly anticipate working together with my clients.
During our sessions, clients are encouraged to bring a wide range of topics for discussion, including client work, contractual conversations, coaching themes, critical incidents in their work, personal reflections, and any other topics they believe will benefit their growth and development.
These supervisory sessions are designed to support various professionals, including professional coaches, senior leaders and managers, CXOs, and VPs. My ultimate aim is to facilitate the growth and development of my clients by providing a safe, nurturing environment for self-reflection, open dialogue, and exploration of their potential. In this process, I emphasize the importance of clarity, diversity, intention, and action, guiding my clients to fully embrace and express their authentic presence in their personal and professional lives.
As a supervisor, my approach is collaborative and adaptive, allowing me to tailor my style to the specific needs and contexts of my clients. I am committed to fostering an environment of mutual trust and respect, in which clients can explore their own experiences and challenges with confidence and openness. In our sessions, we will delve into your unique experiences, challenges, and opportunities, focusing on your growth and development as a professional.
In addition to the various models and techniques mentioned earlier, I also value the importance of maintaining a flexible and open-minded approach to supervision. I believe that by staying curious and receptive to new ideas and perspectives, I can better support my clients in their ongoing learning and growth.
By engaging in meaningful and thought-provoking conversations, we will explore the many facets of your professional life, from your coaching practice or leadership role to your relationships with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders. This holistic approach ensures that our work together is comprehensive and well-rounded, addressing the full range of challenges and opportunities you may encounter in your professional journey.
Through our supervisory sessions, I strive to help you uncover deeper insights, develop new skills and strategies, and ultimately, achieve greater success and fulfillment in your professional life. By fostering a strong partnership with you, we can co-create a personalized and effective path for your continued growth, self-discovery, and development.
Continuing to support you as a supervisor, I will ensure that our sessions are engaging and dynamic, providing you with opportunities to reflect on your practice, explore new perspectives, and challenge your assumptions. Our work together will be grounded in mutual trust, respect, and a genuine commitment to your growth and development as a professional.
By continually adapting my approach based on your needs, preferences, and goals, I can provide you with targeted and relevant support that truly makes a difference in your professional journey. This may involve exploring specific coaching techniques, addressing interpersonal challenges, or diving into the deeper aspects of your personal and professional identity.
Throughout our sessions, I will encourage you to take risks, stretch your boundaries, and push yourself to reach new heights in your professional practice. This may involve experimenting with new strategies, exploring alternative viewpoints, or confronting uncomfortable truths. In doing so, I will be there to support and guide you, providing you with constructive feedback and valuable insights to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Ultimately, my role as a supervisor is to facilitate your self-discovery, growth, and development. By providing you with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore your professional experiences, challenges, and aspirations, I aim to empower you to become the best version of yourself, both personally and professionally.
In closing, as your supervisor, I am dedicated to helping you thrive in your professional endeavors. By utilizing a diverse range of models, techniques, and approaches, fostering an open and exploratory atmosphere, and maintaining a strong focus on your growth and development, we will work together to unlock your potential and support you in achieving your goals.
In summary, my style and aim as a supervisor are centered around supporting and empowering you in your personal and professional growth. Through a combination of systemic eclectic approaches, relational presence, and open, exploratory conversations, we will work together to help you unlock your full potential and thrive in your chosen field.
Angelos Derlopas, MSc, ESIA, MCC