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Supervision Philosophy

March 15, 2024

In defining my philosophy of supervision, I have drawn inspiration from a variety of sources, including the insights provided by the McNair article, "Developing a Philosophy of Supervision" (2011). McNair creates a distinct separation between leadership and supervision, highlighting that while leadership is an optional role one might assume, supervision is an inescapable responsibility (McNair, 2011). This distinction is crucial in understanding the traditional view of supervision as a task-focused responsibility, contrasting sharply with the more fluid and visionary nature of leadership.

However, rather than adhering strictly to this delineation, I have chosen to integrate the principles of leadership into my supervisory philosophy. This decision stems from a belief that the qualities and attributes of effective leadership including vision, inspiration, and ethical guidance are required in fostering an environment that encourages growth, innovation, and collective achievement (Burns, 1978). By embracing a leadership-oriented approach to supervision, I aim to go beyond the conventional boundaries of supervision, infusing my interactions and responsibilities with the qualities typically associated with transformational leadership. Organized around the four elements of transformational leadership, my philosophy aims to foster an environment that nurtures growth, encourages engagement with collective goals, and cultivates systems that enable individual and communal success.

Individualized Consideration is a cornerstone of my philosophy, reflecting my commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs, motivations, and aspirations of each team member (University of Massachusetts, 2020). By embracing this approach, I aim to provide tailored support and guidance, enabling each individual to find their path to professional fulfillment.

Inspirational Motivation is critical in articulating and driving forward a shared vision that inspires and motivates the team (University of Massachusetts, 2020). By embodying this leadership quality in my supervisory roles, I aim to instill a sense of purpose and enthusiasm, encouraging my team to achieve beyond their perceived limits while striving for excellence and find deeper meaning in their work.

Idealized Influence sustains my dedication to ethical conduct and integrity, serving as a role model for my team (University of Massachusetts, 2020). This aspect of leadership within my supervisory philosophy is about earning respect through actions that reflect collective values and principles, fostering an environment of trust and ethical decision-making.

Intellectual Stimulation emphasizes the importance of challenging conventional thinking and encouraging creative problem-solving (University of Massachusetts, 2020). Incorporating this element into my supervisory approach, I strive to create an atmosphere that values diverse perspectives and innovation, empowering team members to contribute their best ideas and solutions.

By integrating transformational leadership principles into my supervisory philosophy, I seek to create a dynamic and nurturing environment that is conducive to both individual development and collective success. This supervisory approach is aimed at breaking down traditional barriers and encouraging a more holistic and engaging interaction with my team (Burns, 1978). In doing so, I aspire to not only fulfill the responsibilities that come with supervision but to also inspire, guide, and support my team in ways that foster a vibrant and productive community.


Burns, J. M. (1978). Leadership. Harper and Row.

McNair, D. E. (2011). Developing a philosophy of supervision: One step toward self-authorship. New Directions for Student Services, 2011(136), 27–34.

University of Massachusetts. (2020, February 12). What Is Transformational Leadership and Why Is It effective? University of Massachusetts Global.

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